2013 Tennis matches
ATP WORLD TOUR SEASON REVIEW
Best Of 2013© Getty ImagesJuan Martin del Potro and Novak Djokovic played a great match in the Shanghai final.
ATPWorldTour.com reviews the two best ATP World Tour matches of the year.
2. Novak Djokovic d. Juan Martin del Potro 6-1, 3-6, 7-6(3), Shanghai Final
Is there room at the top for another gripping rivalry? Juan Martin del Potro would argue there is after a series of scintillating clashes with Novak Djokovic this season, none more so than in the final of the Shanghai Rolex Masters.
The Argentine came into the clash having upset new-World No. 1 Rafael Nadal in straight sets in the semi-finals and was looking to win his first ATP World Tour Masters 1000 crown. But Djokovic was a man on a mission. Unbeaten since the US Open final, the Serb was not taking the loss of the top spot in the Emirates ATP Rankings lightly and prevailed in two hours and 33 minutes to retain his Shanghai crown.
After a slow start to the match, in which he found himself dominated by Djokovic’s forehand, del Potro hit his stride in the second set. The Tandil native broke serve early and reeled off five straight points when serving at 4-2, 0/40 as he levelled the match.
"He's a fantastic player and a great person, " said Djokovic. "He showed that again. He has a really likable personality [and] he's a big fighter. All the way up to the last point, I didn't know if I was going to win the match."
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Fans at the Qi Zhong Tennis Center were kept on the edge of their seats in the final set. Djokovic came under pressure first, saving a break point in the fifth game, before del Potro saved two match points at 4-5, 15/40. Fittingly, it came down to a tie-break, in which Djokovic always had the edge. The Serb opened up 2-0 and 4-2 leads before closing out victory with a backhand winner down the line.
"The match was really close and I think Nole played [some] unbelievable points in the tie-break, " said del Potro. "The match was so exciting. At Wimbledon [in early July] we played another fantastic match against each other. It's a really bad loss for me now. I was really close to beating him after beating [Rafael] Nadal."
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