BEIJING (REUTERS) - World number one Novak Djokovic destroyed Tomas Berdych in a lop-sided contest to win his fifth China Open crown on Sunday after Maria Sharapova overcame Petra Kvitova in the women's final to move up to number two in the world rankings.
Top seed Djokovic took 67 minutes to seal a 6-0 6-2 win against Berdych, who raised his arms in celebration when he won a game to avoid the ignominy of a double bagel with the Serb serving for the match at 5-0 in the second set.
Berdych managed to win back-to-back games, but it was just a matter of time before Djokovic sealed an easy win to continue his love affair with the Beijing tournament where he now has a 24-0 record.
"This was probably the best performance in a final I ever had," a beaming Djokovic said after the masterclass. "Everything I tried worked, it was incredible." "Beijing is definitely my lucky place, I enjoy being here," he said before throwing his wristbands and towel to an ecstatic crowd.
"Since my first China win in 2009 I have not lost a match on this court. It keeps on going," said Djokovic who belted 19 winners, compared to his opponent's nine. Berdych conceded he had not experienced such a mauling before.
"I met somebody in the final who I've never seen before," said Berdych. "The way that he performed today was really outstanding. There is really not much I can add to that because, really, I was just swept off the court.
"I just said to my coach now that I probably played over 700 matches in my career, and I met guys like Andre (Agassi), Roger (Federer), all those probably in their best times. But I have never, ever experienced anything like that."
Earlier in the women's final, Wimbledon champion Kvitova broke her opponent in the very first game but French open champion Sharapova showed greater intensity towards the end to prevail 6-4 2-6 6-3 in two hours and 28 minutes.