Djokovic lifts third ATP title

BEIJING - Novak Djokovic captured his third ATP title of the year at the China Open yesterday, outlasting giant killer Marin Cilic of Croatia.

BEIJING - Novak Djokovic captured his third ATP title of the year at the China Open yesterday, outlasting giant killer Marin Cilic of Croatia.

Meanwhile Russia's Svetlana Kuznetsova breezed to the women's title.

The Serbian second seed capitalised on a 90-minute rain delay at 2-2 in the first set, returning to centre court at the Beijing Olympic tennis venue with renewed focus to win the blistering baseline battle with Cilic, 6-2 7-6 (7/4).

The big-hitting Cilic pummelled Djokovic with a barrage of huge backcourt shots.

Both players agreed that the light rain shower had influenced the outcome of the match, which lasted nearly two hours.

Kuznetsova used her powerful ground strokes to beat Agnieszka Radwanska, 6-2 6-4. - Sapa-AFP

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