Beijing Flashback: Novak Djokovic eaes past Tomas Berdych, wins fifth title

Novak Djokovic secured his fifth title from as many trips to Beijing in 2014

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Beijing Flashback: Novak Djokovic eaes past Tomas Berdych, wins fifth title
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Novak Djokovic claimed his third consecutive Beijing title in 2014, remaining perfect in the Chinese capital and collecting his fifth trophy from as many trips. Novak met Tomas Berdych in the final and earned a dominant 6-0, 6-2 victory in 67 minutes, extending his perfect run at one of his favorite events.

Djokovic led 6-0, 5-0 and had a match point in the sixth game, almost earning a double bagel! Tomas avoided an embarrassing result, clinching two games and softening a tough loss. It was Novak's 46th ATP title and the 35th on hard, standing one behind Pete Sampras.

Djokovic defeated Berdych for the 16th time in 18 encounters, taking 27 points more and dominating every segment. Novak lost 15 points in seven service games, getting broken once from two chances offered to Tomas. The Czech lost 64% of the points behind the initial shot, struggling big time and losing serve six times.

Berdych stayed under ten winners, spraying over 20 forced errors and never imposing his strokes. Novak destroyed Tomas in the shortest rallies up to four strokes, taming the rival's serve and attacking first. Djokovic built the lead in the mid-range exchanges, and nothing separated them in the most extended ones.

Djokovic forced Berdych's mistake with a deep return in the encounter's opening game, creating two break chances. Tomas sprayed a forehand error on the first, giving serve away and experiencing an early setback. The Serb hit a couple of errors in game two and brought the Czech to deuce before closing it after the rival's loose forehand.

Novak created a break chance in the third game after an extended rally, converting it after Tomas' loose forehand and moving 3-0 up after 11 minutes. Berdych opened a 40-15 lead in the fifth game with a mighty forehand, looking good to end his downfall.

Instead, Djokovic produced his incredible defense, earning three points and creating a break chance. Tomas saved it with a service winner before falling on the second after a forced error.

Novak Djokovic's fifth Beijing title came in 2014 over Tomas Brdych.

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1 served for the opener in game six and fired three winners for 6-0 in 30 minutes! It was Novak's 69th bagel on the ATP Tour and the second in the ATP finals after Vienna 2007 against Stan Wawrinka! Tomas lost another baseline rally at the start of the second set, facing three break points.

The Czech went for a risky second serve and hit a double fault on the first to fall further behind. The Serb fired four winners in game two to cement the lead, marching toward the finish line. Novak drew Tomas' mistakes in the third game and created two break chances.

Djokovic attacked the second and caused Berdych's error for another break and a 6-0, 3-0 advantage! Novak secured the fourth game with a powerful forehand, rattling off ten games since the start of the duel! Tomas netted a backhand in the fifth game, facing two break points and facing a double bagel!

The Serb painted a short backhand crosscourt winner on the first, moving 6-0, 5-0 up and serving for the title! Djokovic hit a loose forehand in the sixth game, experiencing his first break point! Novak saved it with a backhand down the line winner and created a match point.

Tomas erased it, constructing the second break point after the Serb's wayward forehand. Djokovic missed another forehand and lost serve for the first time. Berdych celebrated and grabbed the next game at love with an ace, reducing the deficit to 5-2.

Novak served for the title for the second time in game eight and earned two match points with a forehand crosscourt winner. Tomas attacked and saved the first with a volley winner at the net. The Czech fended off the second and reached deuce, improving his chances.

Djokovic created another match point with a powerful serve and seized it with another to lift his fifth China Open trophy.

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