Novak Djokovic praises "big fighter" Juan Martin del Potro

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Novak Djokovic admits that he was pushed hard by Juan Martin del Potro during the Shanghai Masters final.

Novak Djokovic has conceded that he was given a tough time by Juan Martin del Potro during this afternoon's Shanghai Masters final.

The Serbian claimed the first set 6-1, but Del Potro responded with a 6-3 success to force a decider, which went to a tie-breaker.

Djokovic eventually emerged victorious 7-3, but the 26-year-old has insisted that it had been an "even match".

"He's a fantastic player and a great person. He showed that again. He has a really likable personality [and] he's a big fighter," Djokovic said during his post-match press conference.

"All the way up to the last point, I didn't know if I was going to win the match. It was a very even match. My motivation is there always, especially when I'm playing finals of such a big event."

The victory earned Djokovic around £450,000 in prize money.

Novak Djokovic in action against Rafael Nadal during the US Open men's singles final on September 9, 2013
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