New Delhi: World number one Novak Djokovic on Sunday became the first ever player to win five Masters 1000 titles in two different years. In a one sided Shanghai Masters final, he defeated Jo-Wilfred Tsonga in straight sets 6-2, 6-4 in one hour 19 minutes.
The Serbian started the match in usual style, breaking his French opponent in the very first game, which was followed with two more breaks, in the third and fifth games. Tsonga did managed to break in the fourth game, but the 10-time Grand Slam winner took just 31 minutes to wrest the first set.
Sixteen-seeded Tsonga tried to put a fight in the second set, but Djokovic broke in the all-important ninth game then, served out with ease to win his third Shanghai Masters title in four years. The set witnessed some brilliant rallies, especially in the third and ninth game, both in Tsonga's serves.
This year, Djokovic has so far won five 1000 Masters titles in seven finals - Indian Wells, Miami, Monte Carlo and Rome. He was the finalist at Montreal (to Murray) and Cincinnati (to Roger Federer).
In 2011, he won titles at Indian Wells, Miami, Montreal, Madrid and Rome. No other player has won five Masters 1000 titles two times. Other players to win five Masters titles are US legend Jimmy Conners in 1976 and Spaniard Rafael Nadal in 2013.
His total of 25 Masters 1000 is second highest in Open Era behind, Nadal who has won it 27 times.
With Paris Masters left in the season, the record breaking Serbian can hope to create another record.
In an impressive season, Djokovic has won three Grand Slam titles in four finals. Overall, in 14 tournaments he has played 13 finals winning nine titles, accumulating 14285 ATP ranking points in the process.
And this November, the 28-year-old will bid to win his fifth season ending ATP World Tour Finals in London. He has won it in 2008, 2012, 2013, and 2104. Only Federer has more titles, six (2003, 2004, 2006, 2007, 2010 and 2011). Ivan Lendl and Pete Sampras also five Finals title.