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Novak Djokovic & Caroline Wozniacki win in China

Novak Djokovic and Caroline Wozniacki
Djokovic and Wozniacki dominated the China Open finals in Beijing

World number two Novak Djokovic easily defended his China Open title for his second win on the ATP tour this year.

Djokovic recorded a 6-2 6-4 win over Spain's David Ferrer in a final that had been carried into a reserve day because of heavy rain in Beijing.

Caroline Wozniacki celebrated taking over from Serena Williams as the new world number one by beating second seed Vera Zvonareva in the women's event.

The 20-year-old Dane came through 6-3 3-6 6-3 to earn a sixth title of 2010.

She officially succeeded injured American Williams as the top ranked player in women's tennis on Monday, and got off to a fine start in the final in Beijing against Russian Zvonareva.

After losing the second set, however, Wozniacki employed her formidable two-handed backhand to devastating effect to secure the title in the deciding set, storming into a 3-0 lead and then holding firm to see out the match.

If it [winning a Grand Slam] doesn't happen next year, I'm still young and have a lot of years ahead of me

Caroline Wozniacki

"I thought in general I played a really, really good match," Wozniacki said. "I just stayed focused, I kept running, I tried to keep the pressure on her, tried to keep her moving and I thought we played a really, really good match."

And the Dane immediately looked ahead to breaking her Grand Slam duck, saying: "I'm really happy and pleased by how I'm playing at the moment.

"I feel like I'm at a very high level and can beat anyone. If it [winning a Grand Slam] doesn't happen next year, I'm still young and have a lot of years ahead of me."

Wozniacki will now rest a few days before warming up for the season-ending WTA Championships in Doha, Qatar later this month.

Serbian Djokovic, meanwhile, had led Ferrer 3-1 on Sunday when play was suspended in the first set at the Olympic Green Tennis Centre.

In Monday's bright sunshine, the 23-year-old picked up where he had left off to see off the eighth seed.

The last two, three months I've been feeling much more comfortable and confident on the court

Novak Djokovic

Ferrer, 28, found his timing faulty as he produced a string of unforced errors from near the baseline to make Djokovic's task even easier in what remained of the first set.

But the lower-ranked Spaniard was a better player in the second set, breaking his opponent to lead 3-2 and then moving 4-2 ahead.

However the Serb roared back, heaping pressure on the Ferrer serve with long rallies until he cracked, bringing the score to 4-4.

Djokovic then went into cruise control, holding his serve to love and using his powerful forehand to great effect in the final game.

He closed out the win when Ferrer dumped a backhand into the net on the second match point.

"I started off really well but then I lost the momentum, I kind of lost the rhythm, and got him back into the match with some unforced errors," said Djokovic.

"It wasn't a really nice looking match from both sides. We made a lot of unforced errors, especially him. He made my life a little bit easier at the end of the second set where, with his unforced errors, I got back into the set."

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Djokovic now heads straight to Shanghai for the Masters 1000 event, which got under way on Monday.

"This is definitely a confidence boost for me. The last two, three months I've been feeling much more comfortable and confident on the court, playing the aggressive game and service is working for me, which is a great thing to have.

"Let's see if I can keep it up. Energy-wise I'm fresh."



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