SHANGHAI — After all of Novak Djokovic’s success in China, fans knew he would have picked up some Mandarin skills. No country has given him as much success as China, where he’s won seven of his 39 ATP titles — the most of any country.
So following his fifth title of the season at the Shanghai Masters by defeating Juan Martin del Potro 6-1, 3-6, 7-6 (3), Djokovic wrote two Chinese characters on the camera: “Love” and “Smile”. That pretty much sums up his last 14 days, in which he’s defended his titles in Beijing and Shanghai.
Here are some of our favorite photos from the Shanghai Masters.
Novak Djokovic: The Serb showed off more of his gravity-defying defense all week. (Lintao Zhang/Getty Images)
Jo-Wilfried Tsonga: Down but not out, Tsonga’s semifinal run put him in position to qualify for the ATP World Tour Finals after missing the summer hard court season due to injury. (Lintao Zhang/Getty Images)
Gael Monfils: Beating Roger Federer in three sets is hard work. (Lintao Zhang/Getty Images)
Shanghai Masters Ball Girl: No one likes to be on Rafael Nadal sweat-wiping duty. (PETER PARKS/AFP/Getty Images)
Roger Federer: The fire was there, the game was not. (PETER PARKS/AFP/Getty Images)
Rafael Nadal: Typhoon Rafa. (Matthew Stockman/Getty Images)
Shanghai Masters Fan: Another fan for Milos! (Matthew Stockman/Getty Images)
Jo-Wilfried Tsonga: French grace. (PETER PARKS/AFP/Getty Images)
Novak Djokovic: The drive to recapture No. 1 will make you do anything to win a point. (Matthew Stockman/Getty Images)
Juan Martin del Potro and Novak Djokovic: Asked after the match about his friendship with Djokovic, Del Potro joked “Now we are not too close.” (Matthew Stockman/Getty Images)