BEIJING - Novak Djokovic held off Jo-Wilfried Tsonga to capture his third China Open title on Sunday.
The top-seeded Djokovic defeated Tsonga by a 7-6 (7-4), 6-2 margin to improve to 14-0 lifetime at this event. The Serb also won the title in 2009 and 2010.
"I am planning to come back to the China Open next year. It's been one of my most successful tournaments," Djokovic said. "This is where I love to play. I love the conditions and, as I mentioned before, I have lots of support from the fans who are very loyal and very nice."
Djokovic improved to 4-5 in finals this year, winning the Australian Open to start the season before following with titles in Miami and Toronto. He also lost in finals at Monte Carlo, Rome, the French Open, Cincinnati and the U.S. Open.
Meanwhile, Tsonga was trying to capture his third title of the season. He won in Doha to start the year and Metz just two weeks ago. The Frenchman fell to 9-6 lifetime in finals.
"I'm happy because I played good tennis here. It was a great tournament for me," Tsonga said. "I hope I will continue to improve like this and I will try another time to beat these guys next week."
Djokovic leads Tsonga in their head-to-head series, 7-5, and although Tsonga won five of their first seven meetings (5-3 on hard courts), Djokovic has triumphed in their last six matchups.
This was the third meeting between the two players in a title match. Djokovic won the first, capturing the first of his five Grand Slam titles by beating Tsonga in the 2008 Australian Open final. Tsonga prevailed later that year in the Bangkok final.