World number one Novak Djokovic claimed his ninth title of the year with a 6-2 6-4 victory over Jo-Wilfried Tsonga in the final of the Shanghai Rolex Masters.
It was the Serb’s third victory in four years at the event and extended his 100 per cent record in finals on Chinese soil to 10 events.
Chinese fans had barely settled into their seats when, after less than two minutes, Djokovic had already established a 2-0 advantage having broken in the very first game of the final then raced through a service game as if it were a training drill.
Tsonga, with the ball in hand for the second time, was still afforded no time to settle into his surroundings and found himself camped behind his baseline as Djokovic ruthlessly broke his serve again.
The final was in danger of appearing beyond Tsonga already yet he improbably broke as Djokovic’s concentration waivered – it was a brief interlude as the world number one broke for a third consecutive time to go 4-1 up.
Four set points were saved as Tsonga held for the first time but the set was wrapped up inside a 30-minute avalanche.
The world number 15 impressively refused to be bullied anymore, finding a rhythm with his serve and a place for his powerful forehand as the second set proved far more competitive.
But in the ninth game, with Tsonga on serve, the pressure was cranked up a notch. The Frenchman defended two break points but it was third time lucky for Djokovic who crucially gave himself the chance to serve for the trophy, which he took.
“Today the key was to get as many serves back into play to Jo because he has one of the biggest serves in the game,” Djokovic, who completed victory in 78 minutes, said.
“He showed that in the second set, with some break points early in the set. He came up with some aces, some big serves.
“Generally I felt always in control of the match. I felt like I did everything right and I didn’t allow him to get into the rhythm, get into the match.
“Today’s match, and overall the tournament, has gone incredibly well for me.”