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Djokovic and Del Potro set for Shanghai showdown

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Novak Djokovic overcame Jo-Wilfried Tsonga in straight sets © AP
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Novak Djokovic and Juan Martin del Potro will contest this year's Shanghai Masters final after getting the better of Jo-Wilfried Tsonga and Rafael Nadal respectively.

Since being knocked off the top of the world rankings, Djokovic has yet to lose a match and will be contesting for his second title in as many weeks.

The defending champion beat Tsonga 6-2 7-5 to reach another final, and will look to add to his China Open triumph from last week by taking on Del Potro, who put on a stunning display to oust new world No. 1 Nadal 6-2 6-4. Victory ensured Del Potro a place at the O2 for the ATP World Tour Finals in November.

"I'm so, so happy to be back in London for the [Barclays ATP World Tour] Finals," Del Potro told atpworldtour.com. "Only eight players have the chance to be there and I'm one of them.

"The most important thing is the way I qualified. I've been playing really well. I'm so glad to show good tennis and I'm looking forward to closing a good year in London."

Djokovic was replaced by Nadal as world No. 1 at the start of the China Open, and since then the Serb has shown he will not let the Spaniard hold onto the ranking for long as he withstood the threat of Tsonga to book his place in the final.

The current Australian Open champion was at ease in the opening set after racing into a 3-0 lead, but Tsonga hit back to recover the break and close the gap to one.

However, Djokovic replied by taking three games on the spin to clinch the set with a staggering 18 winners, and the signs were looking ominous for Tsonga.

In a repeat of the 2008 Australian Open final - Tsonga's one and only grand slam final appearance and the scene of Djokovic's maiden major - the encounter became more of a contest in the second set as the pair matched one another stride for stride, with the first five games going with the server.

The pattern concluded when Djokovic claimed a break to open up a 4-2 advantage, and from then it appeared he would march to the finishing line.

Instead, after arguing with the chair umpire and exploding at a decision to replay a point following a late call, Djokovic was broken as Tsonga refused to throw in the towel and levelled at 4-4.

Djokovic though would not be denied as he secured the win without the need to go to a tiebreak to reach the final.

Juan Martin del Potro collected his first win over Rafael Nadal since 2009 © Getty Images
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