Djokovic Stops Streaking Nadal In Beijing For First Title Since April; Del Potro Takes Tokyo
by Staff | October 6th, 2013, 10:57 am
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Novak Djokovic put a swift end to rival Rafael Nadal’s 30-match hardcourt win streak Sunday defeating the Spaniard 6-3, 6-4 to win his fourth career title in Beijing.

“I needed this win today,” said Djokovic who hadn’t won a title since upending Nadal in Monte Carlo. “I really wanted to get my hands on the trophy and win against Nadal, who has been the best player so far in 2013. It’s very important for my confidence. It’s very important mentally and emotionally for me.”

Djokovic ran his record to 19-0 in Beijing, also winning the title in 2009 (d. Cilic), 2010 (d. Ferrer) and 2012 (d. Tsonga). The win was the 38th of his career, 4th this season.

“It’s been an incredible week again for me at the China Open,” said Djokovic. “I still haven’t lost a match here. I just love the conditions. I love the court and the atmosphere that goes around the tournament. Centre court is exceptional, and I enjoy it. I try to cherish every moment that I spend here every year.”

Nadal, who was a perfect 26-0 this year on hardcourts, had won his last three against the Serb since losing in Monte Carlo (still leads 22-16 overall), but was unable to muster even a break point on the day.

“I didn’t see the way to stop him this afternoon,” said Nadal. “This afternoon he was too strong for me. I didn’t play my best match this afternoon, but he played at a very high level with his serve.

“I was not able to have any chance when I was returning during the whole match. He had the ball staying very low. It was very difficult to create spin on this ball. He was able to hit all the balls where he wanted. When that’s happening against a player like Novak, you are dead. You don’t have not one chance.”

Nadal will return to the No. 1 ranking tomorrow.

Highlights:

In Tokyo, Juan Martin Del Potro avenged a controversial loss to Milos Raonic in Montreal by beating the Canadian 7-6, 7-5 for his third title of the 2013 season.

“I played really well in the last two games of the match, returning all of his first serves,” said del Potro. “It was a fantastic week for me as I played better and better with each match.”

The win for Del Potro also moves the Argentine back into the Top 5 rankings. Facing one of the biggest serves in tennis, Del Potro knew the margin for error was small.

“You have to be focused and wait for the chance,” Del Potro said. “I took his serve in the second to last game to break. In the tie-break, he hit a double fault in the most important part of the match and then my chance came, which I knew I had to take.

“I did what I could to win. When he serves well and hits aces, it means I have to be aggressive on serve. I threw in drop shots and came to the net to mix up my game.”

Del Potro interview:

Raonic, who was a Tokyo finalist last year, still improved his chances to make London.

“I think I am doing a lot of things better week in week out,” said Raonic. “I can play a good level, but I just need to improve on a consistent basis. There is work to be done.”

All four players now head to the Shanghai Masters which begins today.

The Beijing women’s title went to Serena Williams who beat Jelena Jankovic 6-2, 6-2 to win her 56th career WTA title.

“I’m really excited – I didn’t think I’d win this tournament starting out, so I’m really happy to be here holding the trophy,” Serena told the crowd. “Congratulations to Jelena for such a great tournament as well.

“I really love tennis so much and it’s fans like the ones here in China who are so exciting to come to. The fans make me want to play, they’re so great here, so coming here is such a great opportunity.”

Serena now has 10 titles on the season and 73 match wins overall.


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64 Comments for Djokovic Stops Streaking Nadal In Beijing For First Title Since April; Del Potro Takes Tokyo

Giles Says:

OK joker, you can have this one!


Tennis X Hippy Chic Says:

Congrats to Delpo too that was a hard earned victory against Milos who has been very impressive this week.


queen Says:

they should move Serena to ATP. It is not fair the ladies need to battle this guy to win a WTA tournament.


SG1 Says:

Another impressive week for Raonic. He’ll have a ton of confidence going into next year. The fast indoor surfaces really seem to suit his game.


SG1 Says:

Novak needed this win. Good for him.


Patson Says:

Mr. Djokovic seems to be back on track, and I like that.


courbon Says:

@ Queen: Hey, Voodo girl-that was funny


Tennis X Hippy Chic Says:

Courbon Queen has a voodoo doll,and some deadly knightshade saved especially for Novak.


courbon Says:

@ Hippy Chic: I know!!

@ Giles: Very kind of you to grant this throphy to Novak.Can we have Shangai throphy also?Please!?


queen Says:

Yes, now if he is not doing too hot you can blame it on me;-)


Tennis X Hippy Chic Says:

Queen its a shame you feel that way,Novaks only crime was to play tennis,and on the odd ocasion beat Rafa.


Tennis X Hippy Chic Says:

Courbon i forgot to say at the time,i believe that you won the USO bracket challenge,i know it was a while ago now,but i just want to say congrats to you for that ;-))..


Giles Says:

@courbon. Now you’re being greedy! No, definitely not. We will keep Shanghai for Rafa, no? The size of that trophy will fill a plane and we don’t want joker to pay too much for excess baggage, do we? Lol
#Vamos Rafa!


courbon Says:

@ Hippy Chic: Did I?I got lost completely with that website and gave up following it after 2 days.Well, I know I putted Rafa to win so maybe I did but I’m not sure.
Off the topic-Liverpool is doing quite well, isn’t it? All stars are alining for you-Rafas comeback, Liverpool comeback… and now just if the Westlife do a comeback you will be absolutely happy!


queen Says:

ha ha hippy chick no I do not feel ashamed of what I think…


courbon Says:

@ Giles: Ok, I just asked.No problem.
Listen. I ‘v got another proposition-since Novak will most likely win AO and Rafa RG, why don’t we swap trophy’s?Like that, Rafa will have 2 of each non clay GS and Novak will get that elusive RG.
Think about it-it’s a good proposition.I can also throw you Dubai as a gratis.


Tennis X Hippy Chic Says:

Courbon its been a great year so far for me sports wise,with Rafa,Andy,LFC,doing so well,and i just enjoy these things when they happen,and i dont take it for granted that they will last forever,never been a fan of cheesy boy bands though,Oasis,Blur,Greenday,Kings of Leon,Muse,im more your Indie rock chick hippy chic.


Tennis X Hippy Chic Says:

Courbon i would gladly swap another AO for Rafa,for a FO for Novak,you have a deal ;))..


courbon Says:

@ Hippy Chic: I thought you will be insulted by mine Westlife joke!You are too nice, you are too nice….
I’m more Funk, Soul and Jazz man but give me any rock band instead of Boy Bands any day…I do have to admit, that Take That got much better as they got older. I watched movie ‘Stardust’ with my daughters other day, and they’v done some music and it was not bad at all ( I’m talking as a musician now-not my styule at all but good composing, arrangments, decent lyrics-well packaged ).


Tennis X Hippy Chic Says:

Courbon i would never be insulted by anything you say;),i do like funk,soul and jazz,but more the progressive style of jazz like Michael Buble,Jamie Cullem,and i do have to admit to liking Take That since they returned a few years ago as a man band,not to everybodys personal taste but i always did love Robbies solo stuff,loved Angels,Millenium etc,Nole reminds me of Robbie not the looks but the personality,although some think hes a cocky pr*ck,ive never seen Stardust and i didnt know you were a musician either,you have hidden talents lol.


courbon Says:

@ Hippy Chic-Ok, its a deal. I’ll call Vajda and you check with uncle Tony so we discuss details later…


Giles Says:

@ courbon. Lol! Now you have me in a quandary. How about AO and RG for Rafa and IW for joker and he can keep his precious Dubai as well. Rafa doesn’t play Dubai anyway. Oh, and I’ll throw in MC as well. Fair?


Tennis X Hippy Chic Says:

Courbon joking aside,after what happened this year,nothing would surprise me,maybe Jamie will get the stars to align,however nothing came close to that feeling i had this year when Andy won Wimbledon,i still cry even now when watching the highlights.


courbon Says:

@ Giles: Now you are just silly.Novak does not want to go to sleep with Larry Ellison-he just got engaiged!
You had a chance, you blow it.Anyway I already made a deal with Hippy Chic.You are too late buddy…


courbon Says:

@ Hippy Chic: Yes, I forgot about Andy.That was special for Brits..
Off course I’m joking.While we all talk about Rafa and Novak, Andy can come back a take AO without a problem. Or maybe Delpo finally step up and getting another slam and replace Federer in a BIG 4?
Ah, Jamie…I don’t want to dish his/hers hopes but he/she is not that great in predicting, is it?Maybe better to keep to day job unless Mystic Mag decides to leave THE SUN… ( or is it Daily Mirror?)


jamie Says:

As I predicted back in August, after the USO we would see Nadal slumping.

http://www.tennis-x.com/xblog/2013-08-21/13448.php#comment-480203


jamie Says:

Another prediction:

2014

AO Djokovic: he has *everything* going on for him if you know what I mean….

RG Nadal: he has *everything* going on for him if you know what I mean….

Very predictable but that’s how it will happen.

When I find out the predictions for the winners of Wimbledon and USO I will post them here.


jamie Says:

From what I’ve read, Djokovic *might* win USO next year since his downcycle ends in September 2014… Hopefully his downcycle ending in September 2014 means he will actually *win* USO again next year.

Wimbledon winner is the one I have not read any predictions yet..


courbon Says:

@ Jamie: No hard feeling right?I don’t remember which ones you predicted right and which ones not.Its nice to see you back and I’ll take your predictions over GOAT debate anytime!
But tell me one thing-without predictions, who you would like to win in lets say AO 2014?


jamie Says:

It is precisely BECAUSE Djokovic has been going through a downcycle since May/June 2012 that he only has been winning AO titles. This is why he will NOT win RG or Wimbledon in 2014… USO is his best chance of a slam outside the AO since his downcycle ends in September 2014 and not before that. The downcycle stops him from winning slams outside the AO.


jamie Says:

@courbon

I would like to see Murray win the AO 2014.

He has lost 3 finals there. That’s just sad.


jamie Says:

From what I have read, Murray will have a lousy 2014, unfortunately….


hawkeye Says:

hahaha, if making the final and getting to the No. 1 spot in less than eight months of competition defines ‘slumping’ we can only be talking about Rafa, no?

Here’s hoping Rafa continues to “slump” by making another final in Shanghai, no?

Too funny!


Patson Says:

2011 saw Nadal and Djokovic duelling it out at the masters and GS finals. 2012 wasn’t a whole lot different till RG. 2013 hasn’t been that different barring Wimbledon and a few masters. 2014 won’t be that different either. However, if Nole keeps his head together and gets into the 2011 mode, then 2014 could be pretty much a repeat of 2011. With what we saw in Beijing, I am supremely optimistic about Nole’s 2014 season.

Interestingly, both these guys become more dominant when they are striving to get the number 1 ranking, not when they are trying to hold on to it.


Okiegal Says:

Congratulations to Novak fans!! He owns the China Open……sigh…..just like Rafa owns Roland Harris. It is what it is. So proud of Rafa and his endeavours this past week…..He definitely had a few problems……but he is number one now…..and we gonna see what happens, no?

Vamos, Rafa….good luck in Shanghai!!


Okiegal Says:

^^^

Roland Garros….not Harris


skeezer Says:

“hahaha, if making the final and getting to the No. 1 spot in less than eight months of competition defines ‘slumping’ we can only be talking about Rafa, no?”

Ahh the famous rafafanatics “if”.,.,

No, its just deflecting Nole’s beatdown of Rafa.
Sore losers = rafafanatics


Okiegal Says:

Sore losers???? I haven’t read any post on this forum that suggest that. Rafa didn’t win but he has had an amazing year. Novak out played him just like Rafa out played him at USO……can’t win um all.

Wasn’t too surprised about his loss…..had his probs all week long…..still got to the finals.
Better luck in Shanghai. Oh boy, more early morning tennis here in the US…can’t wait.

VAMOS RAFA!!!!


Michael Says:

A great win for both Novak and Del Potro. Novak badly needed this especially when he was losing confidence against Rafa. And now, this win would inspire him in the future battles with his rival. Novak is the player who has the game plan to beat Rafa and he has proved that time and again. You have to give it to him as he was the player who took Nadal to the edge of precipe at his favourite Rolland Garros when Novak was leading 4-2 in the fifth set and that fall at the net due to imbalance made all the difference between victory and defeat. But, Rafa did comprehensively beat him at the US Open and it did took a heavy toll on him to turn that adverse H2H.


Tennis X Hippy Chic Says:

Im not a fanatic,but im just wondering why loosing one final is now considered as a slump?


Tennis X Hippy Chic Says:

If i were a pedicting person,i would predict that you cant predict anything.


Tennis X Hippy Chic Says:

Funny how one win is considered as the second coming,or the parting of the red sea,all of a sudden one loss and Rafas on a slump,and one win and Noles gonna have a year like he did in 2011,what about Murray,Roger,Delpo and other players,do they not get any say?a little perspective wouldnt go a miss sometimes surely.


Tennis X Hippy Chic Says:

Michael at RG Rafa should,ve won the match in the forth set anyway,the better player won that match,Rafa lead in all the stats,i have been over that match a million times,just like when Rafa fans bring up the AO final of 2012 Nole should,ve won that match in the forth set,even though likewise Rafa lead in the 5th set,on both ocasions the better player won.


James Says:

As Michael and others have said, this was a much needed win for Novak against Rafa. Losing one more final to Nadal would not have done any good to him.

Novak was great. Rafa was awful like he was against Fognini. Rafa could get away playing bad against Fabio but Novak is just too good. Rafa always needs to be at his best or close to it to have a chance against Novak in good form.

I noticed that Novak’s a lot more focussed and determined now than he was in Montreal and Cincinnati. That’s good news for all Nole fans. He’s ready to be his 2011 self again.

Of course, this doesn’t mean he wins the CYGS in 2014 or 3 slams like in 2011. Murray’s a much better player now than he was a few years ago. A motivated Rafa is almost unstoppable.

Once Murray is fit and back on tour, it’s gonna be very interesting for us fans. Unlike @jamie, I do see a good 2014 for Murray.


Tennis X Hippy Chic Says:

Courbon @6.26pm October 6th,put it this way,it depends on which way the winds blowing.


Tennis X Hippy Chic Says:

James im hoping Murray has a great year,he made two finals this year which is still a cracking achievement,your post is what i was just talking about,meaning putting things into perspective,thankyou for proving my point.


James Says:

@hippy chic, no worries :)
Once he’s fit, Muzza will do well again. I don’t know if the AO is too early but he’s always done well in Melbourne too.

Also Rafa losing the Beijing final, I don’t think would have hurt him too much. His unbeaten HC run had to come to an end at some point. So it did against Novak playing absolutely good in one of his most dominant tournaments.

IMO Rafa’s goal for the rest of 2013 is the World Tour Finals.


Margot Says:

jamie@6.30pm
Oh gr8 :(
Am pessimistic about back surgery so not surprised.


Michael Says:

Alison,

I am not in any way denying Rafa the credit for the win at Rolland Garros. What I wanted to stress is the fact that Novak made a match of it against Rafa in his favourite Clay court which is not possible for many players in the circuit. Rafa was deservingly the winner and although he was trailing in that fifth set, he was playing some unbelievable shots out there which rattled Novak psychologically and that may be the reason for his loss of composure at such a crucial moment when he fell at the net and over reacted.


Michael Says:

James,

Yes, Novak badly needed that win and he got it. But it would be the Shanghai duel which could make all the difference. In all probability, we once again might have a Novak Vs Rafa final and the winner here would fancy their chances in their future battles.


hawkeye Says:

Yep, full credit to Nole to coming closer to beating Rafa than Fed ever could.

Best rivalry in tennis, no?

Ajde Nole!!!


Tootie Says:

Yay, Novak! Now, dear boy, stop living in sin. Physical intimacy is for husbands and wives only according to God’s Word.


hawkeye Says:

Seems like sin is working pretty good for Nole in Asia, no?


hawkeye Says:

If Nole wanted an easy 500 points, he should grab a WC in Valencia. Very soft draw with a fading Ferru being the only Top 10 player entered.

(Shhh…Don’t tell Nole.)


Patson Says:

@Tootie:

What the hell man. Your Lord would send down a bolt of lightening upon all of us if He was concerned with such frivolities. Rest assured, the Lord just wants us to watch tennis. I wouldn’t be surprised if the Lord Himself was a big fan of Nole’s tennis.


Margot Says:

Oh dear, tootie has lost his/her way on the path to righteousness and stumbled into the lascivious, pleasure seeking blog that is tennisx…..;)


Patson Says:

Question for all:

Why do you think Nole is more successful in Aussie open than US open. They are both hard-courts albeit the surfaces are slightly different. The Aussie courts are slower and possibly have a slightly lower bounce (might be wrong on the bounce thing). Nole has made it to 4 finals in AO and 4 in the US. He’s lost more in the US Open finals than he’s won.

What’s your take ?

His track record seems like that of Agassi with more success on the Aussie hard-courts than on the US ones. Sampras was the opposite. He had more success in the US open than in the Aussie open.


Okiegal Says:

Question to all of the tennis gurus out there: Who has the tougher draw in Shanghai?? Curious……

Vamos, Rafael Nadal……give your fans some more great tennis……even though indoor hard ain’t your thing.


SG1 Says:

I think God’s favorite player is David Ferrer. Destined to be close to that heavenly feeling of winning a slam without ever touching it. The big guy doesn’t mind watching some suffering every now and again.


SG1 Says:

Probably a big fan of Almagro too.


SG1 Says:

Anyway, I think next year has the potential to be very interesting. Should be a three horse race for number 1 (if Andy’s healthy). Hope that DelPo will realize some of his promise and push through somewhere. Crazy as it may seem, I like his chances at Wimbledon. Grass isn’t the strength of Rafa and Novak. DelPo’s huge serve and excellent returns should give a fighting shot if he’s healthy (always a big if with DelPo).


hawkeye Says:

Not that strange. Delpo came very close to beating Nole at Wimby. I think Delpo gets a major other than the FO next year.


Krishna Says:

Hi jamie:

What do you think of Federer’s chances in 2014 and beyond?

Thanks.


Tennis X Hippy Chic Says:

Krishna it will all depend on which way the wind is blowing,best to take them with a pinch of salt.

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