Tour Capsules: Djokovic, Stosur, Kerber Win Titles
by Staff | October 13th, 2013, 2:03 pm

Djokovic Edges Del Potro to Win ATP Shanghai Masters

World No. 2 Novak Djokovic hung on to defeat No. 6 seed Juan Martin del Potro 6-1, 3-6, 7-6(3) in the ATP World Tour Masters 1000 final in Shanghai.
“He’s a fantastic player and a great person,” said Djokovic, a member of the del Potro fan club. “He showed that again. He has a really likable personality — he’s a big fighter. All the way up to the last point, I didn’t know if I was going to win the match.”

Del Potro after being dominated in the first set took a 3-0 lead in the second en route to a 6-3 set win. In the third set tiebreak, Djokovic went up an early mini-break and rode it out for the win.

“The match was really close and I think Nole played unbelievable points in the tiebreak,” del Potro said. “The match was so exciting…It’s a really bad loss for me now. I was really close to beating him after beating [Rafael] Nadal [in the semifinals].”

Djokovic improved to 39-21 in tour finals, while del Potro dropped to 16-6 career.

Stosur Beats Back Bouchard in WTA Osaka Final

No. 3 seed Sam Stosur stopped No. 5-seeded Canadian Eugenie Bouchard 3-6, 7-5, 6-2 in the Sunday final of the HP Open in Osaka, Japan.

Stosur won a tight second set before winning four straight games to jump out to a 4-1 lead in the third, eventually running out a 6-2 final set.

“I thought Genie played very well,” Stosur said. “She had game point at 5-all in the second set and went for the drive volley and missed it wide, and then I played a very good service game to win the set — that was probably the turning point.”

It makes the first time that the Australian has won two titles in the same year, and the second time she has won in Osaka. It was the first career WTA final for the teenage Bouchard, who has quickly made the transition from junior to tour play.

“I’ll take the lessons from this and keep working hard,” Bouchard said. “I definitely tried my best today. I feel like I was playing the right way in the first set, but she raised her level in the second set and started playing much better in the third. Sometimes when your opponent plays really well, you just have to congratulate them.”

Kerber Beats Ivanovic in See-saw Linz Final

Top-seeded Angie Kerber defeated former world No. 1 and No. 3 seed Ana Ivanovic 6-4, 7-6(6) for the title at the Generali Ladies Linz in Austria.

Ivanovic fought back from a break down late in the second before both players struggled to close out the set after chances.

Kerber failed to serve it out at 5-4, 40-0, then Ivanovic let two set points slip away serving at 6-5 — then two more set points at 6-4 in the tiebreak before Kerber won four straight points to secure the title.

“At the end I was just focusing point to point and not thinking about the match points I already had,” Kerber said. “I was just trying to stay aggressive in the important moments and I think that was the biggest key to victory at the end. I’m really happy to win my first WTA tournament of the year here.”

It was the third career title for Kerber, who has secured the No. 8 and final spot at the year-end singles championship.


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12 Comments for Tour Capsules: Djokovic, Stosur, Kerber Win Titles

SG1 Says:

Nice win for Novak (another tough loss for DelPo). Would haven been nice to see Ana get a win. She seems to be getting back to old form. She’ll win some stuff next year.

skeezer Says:

Congrats to Nole and his fans. Nice of him to give props to probably the most likable guy on tour.

Steve 27 Says:

Del Potro in his 5 big finals (Canada Masters, Indian Wells, Shanghai Masters, WTF and US Open) he only could won in 1 of those. But he won the most important.

can he be a real threat and not a inconsistent player to be a big 4 again?

Michael Says:

It is a case of so near, yet so far, yet again for Del Potro who is yet to win somewhat surprisingly a Master Series Titles in his career. A player who plays Tennis so effortlessly and who has such a razor sharp serve and bludgeoning forehand and murderous double handed back hand has not seen the kind of results that he would liked due to some reason or other. All that made the difference was just a point in the Tie break where Novak played an impeccable shot and that carried him through to the victory ceremony as a Champion. That is Tennis which is sometimes so cruel to the loser. But one has to appreciate Novak for all the admiration he has shown for Del Potro and the way he comforted him at the ceremonial speech by hugging him. Many players have to learn such courtesy and manners from Novak to how to treat your competitor.

Steve 27 Says:

Who is trouble Djokovic in this game?
This is one of the most funny things I ever watch in tennis match. Is priceless!

Giles Says:

Delpo needs to work on his fitness. If not, he is not going to win any big titles. A big serve and big forehand ain’t going to cut it, he needs more. If his serve was that big and reliable he should have won the TB in the third set yesterday and consequently won the match. The Aces went for a stroll me thinks. So … .
It must be the Rafa curse, beat Rafa and lose the next match.
Story of the tour!! Lol

Nina Says:

@Steve 27
Apparently he had to change shoes because they were sticking to the ground, that’s why he acted so funny in that service game. said so in twitter.

Tennis X Hippy Chic Says:

He still won the match regardless of the shoes sticking,so rather a moot point really.

WTF Says:

Only place Djoker can pick up points to win year end #1 from Rafa is in Paris, and he has to hope Rafa does badly there. If he doesn’t regain it there, Rafa locks up #1.

Giles Says:

^^^ They still have to play WTF where joker is defending 1500 pts and Rafa zero.

hawkeye Says:

Also Davis Cup.

Tennis X Hippy Chic Says:

Rafa can only gain really from here on in,he hasnt much to lose,number 1 ranking or no number 1 ranking,hes still been the best player this year,even if it is not on paper.

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