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Novak Djokovic’s dominance in Beijing continued last night when he defeated Jo-Wilfried Tsonga 7-6 (4), 6-2 in the finals of the China Open, extending his record at this tournament to 14-0. (He also won the 2009 and 2010 titles.) In fact, he dropped just one set in his five matches, which means he was probably never uncomfortable on any of the courts.
That is, until the award ceremony.
After he had been handed the trophy, a tourney organizer took it back. Uh oh, shenanigans time. A ball girl then politely but firmly peer pressured him into galloping on his invisible horse, something he’s been known to do before.
And you know what? It was pretty good. Even the Chinese announcer on the Sina video after the jump — these guys aren’t generally known to let loose — uttered an extempore laugh. We have to admit: we chuckled as well.
On the ladies side, top-ranked Victoria Azarenka beat Maria Sharapova 6-1 6-3. We’re not sure what hijinks ensued.