Djokovic claims 5th title in Beijing, Nishikori triumphs in Tokyo

World No. 1 Novak Djokovic improved to a 24-0 mark at the China Open as he won his fifth title in Beijing with a masterclass performance to defeat Tomas Berdych 6-0, 6-2 on Sunday.

The Serb has not dropped a set all week in adding to the trophies he won in 2009 (d. Cilic), 2010 (d. Ferrer), 2012 (d. Tsonga) and 2013 (d. Nadal). Djokovic receives 500 Emirates ATP Rankings points and $604,000.

Top seed Djokovic looked on course for a double bagel scoreline as he served for the match at 5-0 in the second set. But Berdych, having already offered his racquet to a ball kid in desperation, dug in to restore some pride before Djokovic served out victory at the second attempt in 67 minutes.

Kei Nishikori captured his second Rakuten Japan Open Tennis Championships title on Sunday to further improve his chances of becoming the first Asian player to qualify for the Barclays ATP World Tour Finals next month.

Nishikori defeated fellow London hopeful Milos Raonic, the same player he beat for the 2012 Tokyo title, 7-6(5), 4-6, 6-4 under a closed roof at the Ariake Colosseum. The final lasted two hours and 13 minutes.

- atpworldtour.com


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