SHANGHAI, CHINA (OCTOBER 13, 2013) (IMG/TPL) - World number two Novak Djokovic produced a magical display to overcome the ferocious hitting of Argentine Juan Martin del Potro and successfully defend the Shanghai Masters title on Sunday (October 13).
Djokovic dominated the court in the opening set, stepping in and moving his tall opponent around as he broke Del Potro twice to clinch it 6-1 in 30 minutes.
Former U.S. Open champion Del Potro finally found his form at the start of the second and began to unload a series of heavy groundstrokes to push Djokovic back behind the baseline as he broke for a 3-0 lead.
Djokovic had three chances to break back at 2-4 but the Argentine's monstrous forehand provided some clean winners as he crucially held before serving out for the set in the next game.
A tense third was on serve and heading for a tiebreaker when Djokovic forced two match points at 6-5 only for Del Potro's forehand to once again dig him out of a hole.
But he could not repeat the trick in the tie break as Djokovic sealed victory 7-3 by sending a backhand winner down the line.
"The whole third set was give and take you know," Djokovic said after the match. "I was break points down, he was break points down. Just in the important moments I managed to play some better shots than he did, I was fortunate and I am just really glad to win the title."
Del Potro, who defeated world number one Rafa Nadal in Saturday's semi-finals with some powerful hitting, said he did all he could but acknowledged Djokovic's superiority.
"Yes, I am very proud of myself. I did everything, I fight every single point until the last time of the match but he is so good and I think he deserved to win," said the 2009 U.S. Open champion.