Djokovic having the "best year yet"


The world no. 1 beat France's Jo-Wilfried Tsonga 6-2,6-4 in the Shanghai final and after winning last week's China Open title for the fifth year in succession in Beijing, and he has now been successful in all but one of his last 39 matches in the People's Republic. In terms of the quality of his tennis in China this year, though, the Serb said he's never felt as confident.

Tsonga had won his most recent meeting with Djokovic past year in Toronto, but it became apparent it would be a different encounter when the Frenchman was broken in his opening two service games. 

Novak Djokovic of Serbia in action against Roger Federer of Switzerland during their final match at the BNP Paribas Open tennis tournament in Indian Wells, California, USA, 22 March 2015.

Djokovic has become only the third man, after Federer and Rod Laver, to reach all four Grand Slam finals in the same year and on current form, he has no consistent rivals to slow him down. Competing against possible two of the best tennis players ever in Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal, Djokovic has managed to make a name for himself. 

"Andy's plan, and I will be surprised if he changes that plan, will be to play Paris and then London - he will have to play London [because] it's a mandatory event".

The rare Djokovic errors gave Tsonga a break of his own, but he immediately handed back the initiative to the Serb, who calmly served out to love for 6-2 and a one-set lead.

"He still looks fresh and the scary thing is I still think there is room for improvement. That's something that encourages me to keep on going and hopefully maintaining that high level of performance".

Djokovic, who won last week in Beijing without dropping a set, called his trip to China the best two weeks of his career. "But I'll still try to keep the kind of a philosophy and approach where the next match matters".