Back in Shanghai, Novak Djokovic beats Roger Federer

In 2015’s seventh iteration of the Shanghai Masters, Andy Murray, Rafael Nadal, and Novak Djokovic all made it to the semifinal round. After his defeat to Albert Ramos-Vinolas in the second round, the reigning champion Roger Federer was unable to join them.

The most prosperous season of Novak’s career was that one. The Serb finished the year with 82 victories and six losses after winning 11 titles, including three Majors and no less than six Masters 1000 titles. Despite losing the finals in Montreal and Cincinnati to Murray and Federer, Djokovic triumphed at the US Open and in Beijing, where he destroyed Rafael Nadal.

A week later, Novak emerged victorious in Shanghai, winning his third trophy to surpass Andy Murray‘s two victories and claim the title of most successful player there. In just 68 minutes, Novak defeated Andy 6-1, 6-3 to go to the championship match against Jo-Wilfried Tsonga.

The Serb defeated the Frenchman 6-2, 6-4 in an hour and 18 minutes to claim his 25th Masters 1000 title. Roger Federer now has 24, just two behind Rafael Nadal. The 20th match between Novak and Jo-Wilfried resulted in the Serb’s 14th victory. Novak served at 71% and only dropped seven points after the first stroke.

Tsonga made one break, but every time he missed the first serve, he was in serious trouble. He faced 13 break chances and lost four games to fall farther behind.

In 2015, Novak Djokovic captured his third Shanghai championship in the previous four years.

They both had a comparable number of victories, but Novak controlled his shots better.

He recorded eight unintentional blunders, whilst Jo-Wilfried made nearly 30 to ruin his chances of a better outcome. In order to win his 17th straight match, Djokovic also outplayed Tsonga in the second set’s closing moments while dominating the close and mid-range points.

In the first game of the match, Novak broke to gain momentum, and he finished the second game with three victories to increase his advantage against the legendary Rod Laver. Tsonga was unable to locate his range or win unearned points by serving alone.

A poor drop shot that failed to clear the net cost him another break in the third game. The Frenchman made one break in the fourth game to put his name on the scoreboard, but a few minutes later he was broken at love, dropping the match 4-1.

After a forehand down the line winner, Jo-Wilfried served to remain in the set at 2-5 and saved four set points to keep play going. After 30 minutes, Novak won the first set with four victories in the following game for 6-2. With a service victory in the third game of the second set, Tsonga prevented a break opportunity and finished it off with another to maintain his lead and establish some consistency as opposed to the first set.

He had to work hard to overcome two break points in the fifth game and move up 3-2 with another unreturned serve, which he lacked in the first half of the match. However, Novak only dropped one point in the first four service games, which gave him leeway to press on the comeback.

He patiently awaited his chance, which came at 4-4 following a perilous second serve and a double error that decided Tsonga’s destiny. In game 10, after serving for the championship, Djokovic hit three winners to cap off another flawless week and win his ninth ATP championship of the year.