SHANGHAI (AFP) - Defending champion Novak Djokovic swept aside Jo-Wilfried Tsonga 6-2, 7-5 on Saturday, as a mouthwatering Shanghai Masters title showdown loomed against world No.1 Rafael Nadal.
Tsonga had not dropped a set all week, but started poorly at the Qizhong Tennis Center, as Djokovic raced to a 4-0 lead in the first set.
The second set was more balanced. Djokovic broke first but Tsonga, with a miserable record of eight consecutive defeats against the Serb going into the match, hit back. The set looked to be heading towards a tie-break, but Djokovic secured a break in the 12th game, sealing the match on his second match point.
Nadal and Djokovic are among three players who have already secured their places at next month's elite World Tour Finals, featuring the season's top eight players.