Djokovic one match away from 3rd China Open title

Updated: 2012-10-06 21:28


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BEIJING - Can anyone stop Novak Djokovic at the China Open? The World No.2 has never lost a match at the ATP World Tour 500-level tournament (13-0) and he is trying to win his third title in Beijing.

In the semifinals on Saturday, the Serb did not have to raise up his game much above his normal level to claim a 6-1, 6-4 win over Florian Mayer of Germany in just 60 minutes.

Frenchman Jo-Wilfried Tsonga, who defeated Feliciano Lopez of Spain in an earlier semifinal, will be the last man standing in the way of Djokovic's quest for his third title. The top seed has improved to 3-0 career record against the German and in his first ATP World Tour event since the U.S. Open, Djokovic has looked better and better every match, with increasingly better scorelines.

Djokovic was in a different league in the semifinal as he broke his opponent on both of the two breaking opportunities to take the first set at 6-1.

The 25-year-old was still in total control of the second set and sealed his lopsided victory 6-4 with the advantage of one break.