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Djokovic wins third China Open
Agencies
Beijing, October 07, 2012
First Published: 23:21 IST(7/10/2012)
Last Updated: 23:25 IST(7/10/2012)

Top-seeded Serbian Novak Djokovic beat Frenchman Jo-Wilfried Tsonga 7-6 6-2 on Sunday to win his third China Open tennis title in Beijing.

World No2 Djokovic dug deep in the first set after an early trade of breaks to win a close tie-breaker and then broke the third-seeded Tsonga twice in the second set.

"I think the first set was really even and maybe a couple of points decided the winner there," Djokovic told reporters.

"We both had our chances aside from those breaks that we converted... I managed to hold my nerve in the end.

"I made that early break in the second (and) I felt much more comfortable on the court."

Sunday's victory gave Djokovic, who also won the China Open in 2009 and 2010, his fourth title of the year.

The 2012 Australian Open champion will remain in the hunt to take back the world number one ranking from Roger Federer at the end of the year.

Nishikori, Azarenka win Japan Open
Tokyo: Kei Nishikori made history by becoming the first Japanese to win the Japan Open tennis tournament Sunday when he defeated young Canadian star Milos Raonic in the final.

The 22-year-old, who eliminated world number six Tomas Berdych of the Czech Republic in the quarter-finals, pulverised Raonic's serve-and-volley game to score a 7-6 (7/5), 3-6, 6-0 victory in his fourth career final on the tour.

Women's world No 1 Victoria Azarenka thrashed second seed Maria Sharapova of Russia 6-3, 6-1 on Sunday to win the title.

Paes-Stepanek finish runners-up
Tokyo: India's Leander Paes and his Czech partner Radek Stepanek lost to Alexander Peya and Bruno Soares in the men's doubles final of Japan Open

For Peya and Soares it was the second ATP World Tour doubles title in as many weeks. The fourth seeds won 6-3, 7-6(5) over top seeds Paes and Stepanek.


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