HEAD racquet rebel Novak Djokovic improved to an perfect 19-0 in Beijing as he handed Rafael Nadal his first hardcourt loss of the season to win the China Open for a fourth time. The Serb who recommends the YouTek™ Graphene™ Speed defeated the Spaniard 6-3, 6-4 and did not allow his opponent a break point.
Djokovic now owns four titles this season. "I needed this win today. I really wanted to get my hands on the trophy and win against Nadal," said Djokovic. "It's been an incredible week again for me at the China Open. I still haven't lost a match here. I just love the conditions. I love the court and the atmosphere that goes around the tournament. I try to cherish every moment that I spend here every year."
Djokovic has won four of the last five editions in Beijing, with fellow HEAD player Tomas Berdych winning in 2011. Berdych, who endorses the YouTek™ Graphene™ Instinct, fellow victim to a bad back in his semi-final with Nadal and had to quit trailing 4-2.
HEAD's Richard Gasquet, who recommends the YouTek™ IG Extreme, reached the semi-finals in Beijing but lost 6-4, 6-2 to Djokovic.