(October 13, 2013) Novak Djokovic extended his winning streak in China to 20 in a row when he defeated Juan Martin del Potro 6-1, 3-6, 7-6 (3) to capture the Shanghai Masters on Sunday. The victory caps a sweep of the Beijing and Shanghai events for a second straight year. The Serb has now won seven tournament titles in China the most he has won in any other country. This was Djokovic’s 15th Masters Series title.
“It was a great experience again in Shanghai with a thrilling performance from both my opponent tonight and myself,” said the world No. 2. “I think the tournament had a fantastic final. I’m just very glad to go out as a winner from the court tonight from such a close match.
“My motivation is always there, especially when I’m playing [in the] finals of such a big event. I wanted this title as much as my opponent. That’s what’s going to stay forever.”
“The match was really close and I think Nole played unbelievable points in the tiebreak,” Del Potro said. “The match was so exciting. I was really close to beating him after beating Nadal. At Wimbledon [in July], we played another fantastic match.
“I think I’m playing even better than 2009 or 2008 or last year. I couldn’t win a Grand Slam [title] like I did in 2009 [at the US Open], but I reached finals in the [ATP World Tour] Masters 1000s. I already won three tournaments. I beat the top guys, which is fantastic for me.”
Juan Martin del Potro who has now moved up to World No. 5, was appearing in his third ATP World Tour Masters 1000 final, second this year. He lost to Rafael Nadal in Indian Wells. Del Potro, who beat Nadal in the semifinals, has qualified for the ATP World Tour Finals.
“I’m so excited to be there,” the Argentine said. “It’s a fantastic tournament. I’m going to be part of eight players fighting for the same goal. I think it’s like a gift for me because I did so well this season. I think it’s a big chance to close a fantastic year.”
“I would say he’s a fantastic player and a great person,” Djokovic said. “He showed that again. He has a really likable personality. He’s a big fighter. With his serve and his game, for his height, he moves extremely well.”