Will Novak Djokovic make it three consecutive titles at the Shanghai Masters?
Djokovic had a terrific run in China in 2013, taking both the China Open in Beijing and the Shanghai Rolex Masters just a week after losing his coveted World No. 1 position to Rafael Nadal.
He had to work for it though, despite dominating Juan Martin Del Potro in the first set, he went well and truly off the ball in the second, allowing the big Argentine back into the match.
In a competitive third set, they both held games at critical points in the match before pushing the deciding set into a taut tie-breaker. But once the defending champion got his nose in front, he kept his advantage to close out the match 6-1, 3-6, 7-6(3).
It was a welcome return for Juan Martin Del Potro, who came into Shanghai with his own confidence up having won the Tokyo title the week before.
Novak Djokovic poses with the winner's trophy with Juan Martin Del Potro (Photo by Lintao Zhang/Getty Images)
Djokovic would have been expecting to come up against Nadal for the second week in a row but once again, Del Potro showed why he's the most dangerous player outside the top three these days, crushing the French and US Open champion 6-2, 6-4 with a compelling display of fearless hitting. Rafael Nadal (Photo by Lintao Zhang/Getty Images)
Nadal was too passive on the rapid indoor surface and Del Potro took full advantage, blasting him off the court. However Del Potro has never won a Masters title so far in his career and it will be a tough ask for him to see off Djokovic in this vein of form.
Hopefully by next year, one Andy Murray will be back to his best and along with the ATP elite, this tournament continues to be pivotal for those aiming to qualify for the season finale.