Novak Djokovic competed in his second Masters tournament in 2008 in Shanghai. Novak beat Juan Martin del Potro and Nikolay Davydenko to secure a semi-final spot. In the last round-robin encounter, Novak lost to Jo-Wilfried Tsonga 1-6, 7-5, 6-1 in one hour and 39 minutes, suffering his third loss to the Frenchman on a collapsed indoor court.
Finding the first victory of the tournament, France raised its level in the second round. He fired 32 winners and 26 unforced errors to beat Djokovic with three breaks of service and a career best in the decider.
Novak held the opening game with a smash winner and made a break in game two for an early advantage. World No. 3 saved a break point in the third game with an ace and fired an unreturned serve to open a 3-0 gap. The Serb launched another power play in game five to maintain the advantage.
He broke again in game six and closed the opening with a backhand winner down the line at 5-1 after 25 quick minutes.
Novak Djokovic won the Masters Cup 2008, with his girlfriend Jelena supporting him.
In one of the key moments, Tsonga saved two break points at 2-2 in set number two and brought the match home with an ace for a big boost.
Experiencing no trouble on serve so far, Novak played a terrible service game at 5-6 to suffer a break and hand the set to his opponent. Completely losing ground, Djokovic suffered a break in the second-to-last game and missed a break chance in the next one to find himself 3-0 down.
Jo-Wilfried broke to love at 4-1 with a forehand winner and sealed the deal with a lob winner in the next one, reeling off the last nine points to cross the finish line in style. Asked about a girl in his box, Novak joked and introduced his future wife Jelena as Miss Universe of 2006.
“Tsonga beat me three times in a row because he is a better fighter. My main goal is to reach the final, and I am happy to succeed, I want to win this, but he plays at a high level. , especially in the third.
Also, I made some inconsequential mistakes. I had to be sure without the loss, as I played good tennis for a set and a half. Tsonga saved a couple of chances and had an impact. You have a bigger support than me, and I don’t blame people; he is an exciting actor to watch and very emotional.
I’m shifting my focus to the semi-finals. The girl sitting next to my coach is Miss Universe of 2006,” said Novak Djokovic.