Novak Djokovic romped to his fifth Beijing title Sunday crushing a hapless Tomas Berdych 6-0, 6-2 in the China Open final. In the lopsided affair, Djokovic led 6-0, 5-0 with matchpoints but was unable to close out a historic double bagel final.
“This has been, in the circumstances, probably the best performance of any final in my career,” said Djokovic who is now 24-0 at the event with a personal-best 5 titles. “It was incredible. Incredible. Especially against Tomas, who has a big game and is already an experienced player. It was 6-0, 5-0 in under an hour. Everything I tried worked. To be proud of the performance is the least I can say of how I played tonight.
“I have played some great finals, had some convincing wins, some straight-set wins against top rivals. But with this kind of performance and with this domination result-wise, I mean it’s never happened.”
Djokovic win’s was his 5th of the season – an ATP best – and his 46th overall of his career. The Serb has now won five or more titles for a fourth straight year. He also ran his record to 16-2 against Berdych.
“I met somebody in the final who I’ve never seen before,” said Berdych, who won the Beijing title in 2011 beating Marin Cilic. “The way that he performed today was really outstanding. There is really not much I can add to that because, really, I was just swept off the court.
“I just said to my coach now that I probably played over 700 matches in my career, and I met guys like Andre, Roger, all those probably in their best times. But I have never, ever experienced anything like that.”
Djokovic will now try for another title defense next week in Shanghai where he will be joined by Rafael Nadal, Roger Federer and Andy Murray. Both Murray and Federer are in his half. With the No. 1 ranking far from decided, the event takes on added importance for the top players.
Djokovic opens in Shanghai against Dominic Thiem on Tuesday.
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