Men's Tennis

Novak Djokovic Defeats Jo-Wilfried Tsonga at China Open 2012

BEIJING, CHINA - OCTOBER 07:  Novak Djokovic of Serbia celebrates after defeating Jo-Wilfried Tsonga of France during the Men's Single Final of the China Open at the China National Tennis Center on October 7, 2012 in Beijing, China.  (Photo by Lintao Zhang/Getty Images)
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Ethan GrantAnalyst IOctober 7, 2012

Novak Djokovic is doing everything he can to regain his status as the world's No. 1 player. He defeated Jo-Wilfried Tsonga 7-6 (7-4), 6-2 on Sunday at the 2012 China Open.

After a back-and-forth opening set that went to a tiebreak, Djokovic won four straight games in the second before serving out the one-hour-and-41-minute match.

It was an impressive display in China for the world No. 2, and it marks the sixth consecutive victory for Djokovic over Tsonga.

It's the third time the Serb has won the event, and a major step in regaining some of the luster he's lost over the course of the 2012 season.

It's odd that after 65 ATP wins so far (which puts him in the lead) and four tour victories, Djokovic still finds himself climbing back out of the hole created by multiple losses to Andy Murray and Rafael Nadal earlier this season.

Djokovic lost to Murray at both the Olympics and the U.S. Open in 2012. He wasn't able to beat Nadal in the final of the French Open, either.

However, the Djoker looks to keep getting better and to make a push at the three other players who share the distinction as world's best: Murray, Nadal and Roger Federer.

There was no discord or worry in China today, however, as the charismatic Djokovic charmed fans and spectators with a dancing performance to the popular song, "Gangnam Style," with a few of the tournament's ball boys. 

Here's a video from the trophy presentation at the China Open, per AP European writer Steve Wilson:

Djokovic does Gangnan Style! “@novakfanclub: Novak Djokovic dancing in Gangnam Style with ball kids China Open 2012 fb.me/21MAACUU0

— Steve Wilson (@stevewilsonap) October 7, 2012

It isn't the first time Djokovic has performed the dance, as he did so a week ago when he was on tour to the delight of the fans and the cameramen.

It was clearly a big day for Djokovic on the tennis court and on the dance floor, as he inched toward Roger Federer and that No. 1 ranking yet again.

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