A ‘Masters’ edition without the best player in the world then – Nadal (injured right knee) and the only time without Federer  in the semifinals (he lost ’round robin’ matches to Gilles Simon & Andy Murray)… Most commentators considered Davydenko  as a favourite to win the final because he’d won his two previous matches quickly, while Djokovic  spent more time on court overall. The Russian didn’t feel his ground-strokes from the beginning, and in a consequence of not having a plan B, he trailed *0:5 (15/30). Then he improved his game, but Djokovic was still in command. D’Joke led 5:3* (40/15) in the 2nd set, but the Russian struck an ace & forehand winner, and broke back. Djokovic took the last two games though, and celebrated on knees his first ‘Masters’ title after 1 hour 38 minutes of play. “I’m very, very happy,” he said. “It’s a great achievement for me. The best eight players playing here says everything about the quality of the event and I would definitely put it on a level with the Grand Slams.”
Djokovic’s route to his 11th title:
rr Juan Martin del Potro 7-5, 6-3
rr Nikolay Davydenko 7-6(3), 0-6, 7-5
rr Jo-Wilfried Tsonga 6-1, 5-7, 1-6
S Gilles Simon 4-6, 6-3, 7-5
W Nikolay Davydenko 6-1, 7-5
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