Djokovic beats Wawrinka to win Vienna title

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VIENNA, Oct 14 (Reuters) Novak Djokovic overwhelmed unseeded Stanislas Wawrinka of Switzerland 6-4 6-0 today to win his fifth title of the season at the Vienna Open, adding to his victories in Adelaide, Miami, Estoril and Montreal.

It was the seventh final of the year for the top-seeded Serbian, who finished as runner-up at Indian Wells to Rafael Nadal and to Roger Federer at the US Open.

His victory came after he was forced to fight off two match points in his quarter-final against Juan Ignacio Chela, and more than compensated for his loss to Wawrinka in the second round in 2006.

In their two other previous meetings, Djokovic had retired in the Umag final with respiratory problems and he won a five-set Davis Cup battle after trailing by two sets to one.

The competitive nature of Sunday's first set suggested a tight battle but then Wawrinka's challenge evaporated.

Djokovic required four break points to earn a 2-1 lead in a lengthy game that stretched to deuce seven times, with the Serbian closing out the game with an angled backhand volley.

Despite that setback Wawrinka remained competitive but although they engaged in a succession of ferociously contested rallies both players found it difficult to hit a clean winner on the slow court.

Djokovic, after hanging on to his lead, almost gave it away as he served for the set. He left a high return from Wawrinka on his first set point, only for it to fall on the line, and Wawrinka saved a second set point with an overhead.

The Swiss then held a break point for 5-5 but netted his return and Djokovic finally closed out the set when Wawrinka made a forehand error.

After such a close first set it was a surprise when Wawrinka barely competed in the second. Djokovic broke for 1-0 by forcing a backhand error and quickly raised his game to a new level as his opponent's challenge crumbled.

A wide forehand gave Djokovic a further break for 3-0 and virtually ended the contest, as he went on to concede just four points in the set.

REUTERS BJR RAI1915

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