10. 10. 2009. ·
Second seed Novak Djokovic reached the China Open finals with a 6-3, 6-3 victory over no.6 seed Robin Soderling of Sweden. The match lasted 1 hour and 21 minutes.
The best Serbian tennis player made a break already in the opening game of the semi-final match. He made two double faults in the eighth game and faced a break point, but held to keep the advantage. Djokovic used his third break/set point and won the set 6-3 in 38 minutes.
Soderling started the second set better, breaking Novak’s service in the first game, but the 22-year old broke back in the fourth game using his fourth opportunity to level the score. Nole made one more break in the eighth game and then closed the set and match 6-3.
Djokovic hit 6 aces to Soderling’s 4.
Novak capitalised on 4 of his 12 chances for break, while Soderling converted 1 of his 2 break points.
Nole is appearing in his 8th final of the year. He will play against no.8 seed Marin Cilic in attempt to win a 14th career title and third in 2009. The Croat stunned no.1 seed Spaniard Rafael Nadal in straight sets 6-1, 6-3.
Djokovic has a 3-0 head to head record against Cilic.
The winner of the ATP World Tour 500 tournament in Beijing (hard, $2,100,500) will get 500 points and $500,000.
Djokovic leads the ATP World Tour with 62 match wins this season. He will improve his ranking to no.3 on October 19.