Djokovic overcomes rain to win title

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, Last Updated: 11:18 AM ET

Beijing, China - Top-seeded Novak Djokovic had to wait an extra day because of rain, but was able to finish off No. 8 seed David Ferrer in straight sets to capture the China Open title.

Djokovic needed a little under 1 1/2 hours to top his Spanish opponent, 6-2, 6-4 and win this title for the second consecutive year.

The Serbian star also captured only his second crown of the year after winning in Dubai back in February. He was the runner-up to Rafael Nadal at the U.S. Open last month.

"[I'm] just happy to win another tournament and make my record here in Beijing even better," said Djokovic. "It's definitely one of the most successful tournaments in my career."

The match was scheduled for Sunday, but rain delayed the start by about 4 1/2 hours. After Djokovic opened a 3-1 lead in the first set, rain again halted play and officials pushed the finish back to Monday.

Ferrer fell to 1-3 in finals this year, having won in Acapulco back in February, but he moved into the eighth and final place in the race to qualify for the season-ending ATP World Tour Finals.

"It's very important for me for to go to London [for the ATP World Tour Finals], so I need to play very good [to] be there," said Ferrer.

Djokovic improved to 5-4 all-time against Ferrer and pocketed $500,000 for the victory.


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