MOSCOW, October 7 (RIA Novosti)
World No. 2 Novak Djokovic beat Jo-Wilfried Tsonga in straight sets to win the China Open for a third time on Sunday.
The Serbian top seed won a tense first set where Tsonga, seeded third, hit seven aces, but the Frenchman ran out of steam in second to lose 7-6 (7-4), 6-2.
The 25-year-old Djokovic first entered the China Open in 2009 and went for two straight wins at the tournament, before injury ruled him out in 2011.
It was Djokovic’s fourth victory in four encounters with Tsonga this season, with the Frenchman appearing in the China Open final for the first time.
Djokovic takes hope more than $500,000 in prize money.
The women’s final between Maria Sharapova and Victoria Azarenka is later Sunday.
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