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Novak Djokovic joins Jo-Wilfried Tsonga in China Open final

Beijing, Oct 6 (IANS)
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Published on 6 Oct. 2012 10:51 PM IST
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Sharapova-Azarenka set up China Open final

World No.2 Novak Djokovic set up a final with Jo-Wilfried Tsonga at the China Open Saturday, beating Florian Mayer in straight sets.
The Serbian top seed hit seven aces to overcome his German opponent 6-1, 6-4. Djokovic has won all three encounters with France's Tsonga this season.

Third seed Tsonga progressed to the final when semifinal opponent Feliciano Lopez retired with a wrist injury with the Frenchman leading 6-1, 4-1.

World No.7 Tsonga has been put to the test this week, scraping past Uzbekistan's Denis Istomin after third set tie-breaker in the first round.

The right-hander is bidding to win his third ATP World Tour title of the year.
Talking about his final opponent Djokovic, who has defeated him five times in a row since 2011's Wimbledon semi-finals, Tsonga said, "Novak beat me many times. He is the player who broke my dream. This time I will try to do better."

The prize fund of the China Open is $2.2 million.
Meanhiwle, World No. 2 Maria Sharapova took eight games in a row to cruise past home favourite Li Na 6-4, 6-0 in the semifinals at the China Open tennis here Saturday.

Sharapova, who entered the final without dropping a set, demolished Li's hope to become the first Chinese finalist here.
The final drew some 15,000 crowd at the National Tennis Stadium, Xinhua reports.

The Russian second seed will bid for her first China Open title when she takes on Victoria Azarenka in Sunday's final. The Belarusian top seed defeated Marion Bartoli of Germany 6-4, 6-2 in the another semifinal.

Li, Asia's first Grand Slam winner, had a good start by breaking in the third game of the first set and established a 3-1 lead due to some poor serving by Sharapova, including three consecutive double faults in one game. Sharapova steadied herself and turned the table on Li by breaking back in the sixth game to level at 3-3.

She put Li under relentless pressure in the tenth game when leading at 5-4, and took the first set after Li hit one long.
Sharapova was more aggressive in the second set, while Li seemed wilted after the first-set loss.

Sharapova then wrapped up the victory with a quick bagel.
Li, however, was satisfied with her performance.

 
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