Djokovic Eases Past Nadal for 6th Beijing Crown; Muguruza Wins
World No. 1 Novak Djokovic won his sixth straight title at the China Open on Sunday, breezing past struggling former No. 1 Rafael Nadal 6-2, 6-2 in the final.
“The scoreline, especially in the first set, doesn’t indicate the real battle that we had on the court,” said a congenial Djokovic, who improved to 29-0 in Beijing. It was the eighth title of the year and 56th career for the Serb. Nadal is ahead 23-22 in their career head-to-head, but Djokovic has won seven of the last eight.
Nadal fell to 67-30 in career finals and 3-2 in 2015. In the doubles final Vasek Pospisil/Jack Sock defeated Daniel Nestor/Ed Roger-Vasselin 3-6, 6-3, 10-6 for their second win of the year after Indian Wells.
In the women’s final No. 5-seeded Garbine Muguruza defeated No. 12 seed Timea Bacsinszky 7-5, 6-4.
With the win she will rise to No. 4 on the WTA Rankings, and subsequently pulled from Hong Kong after clinching a spot at the year-end championships.
Bacsinszky said, “I almost retired two years ago, and this man over there, my coach, Dimitri, thank you for helping me every day. You brought Stanislas [Wawrinka] to Top 10, and now you’ve brought me to Top 10. Thank you for every day.”
Wawrinka Beats Lame Paire for Tokyo Title
Stan Wawrinka upheld his top seeding in the final of the Rakuten Japan Open Tennis Championships 2015 in Tokyo, Japan on Sunday, handling unseeded Benoit Paire 6-2, 6-4.
“It’s always difficult when I play a good friend like Benoit,” Wawrika said. “I knew before the match he was struggling a bit physically, but I saw the doctor who told me Benoit was ready to play.”
It was the Swiss’ fourth title of 2015 and he improved to 11-9 in career finals, and 4-0 this year. Paire, who struggled with a left ankle injury, fell to 1-3 in career finals.
“When I woke up this morning as I could not walk,” Paire said. “I was not sure if I could play today. One hour before the match it was very painful, so I asked: ‘What can we do?’ I spoke with the doctor and physiotherapist and we made something for my left foot.”
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