Djokovic Beats Nadal To Retain ATP Title

Novak Djokovic retained his ATP World Tour Finals title with a convincing win over world number one Rafael Nadal.
The Serb, who lost the top ranking to Nadal last month, won 6-3 6-4 at the O2 Arena in London.
Djokovic, 26, extended his unbeaten run to 22 matches as he claimed the season-ending title for the third time.
He will now head to Belgrade, where Serbia take on the Czech Republic in the Davis Cup final from Friday, bbc reports.
Nadal might have earned the year-end number one ranking after his remarkable return from injury in February, but Djokovic denied him a first ATP Finals title and laid down a marker for battles to come in 2014.
“It’s the highest quality of tennis that you have next to Grand Slams, because every match that you play, you play against a top 10 player every second day,” said Djokovic. “Especially this year, with back to back Paris Bercy tournament and London, wasn’t easy for sure.
“I am very proud of the way that I managed to recover and perform better and better as the tournament went on.
“I had the tough three setters against all of the opponents in my group, and then I managed to raise the level of tennis in the semi-finals and finals when it mattered the most.”
Nadal paid tribute to the crowd for the vibrant atmosphere they created.
“This is probably one of the best seasons of my career and playing this match in this stadium is just fantastic for me,” said Nadal.
“Thanks to all the crowd for all the support, not only today but around the week and all the crowd that supported me. See you next year.”
Always the happier of the two playing indoors, the pace and depth of Djokovic’s returns in particular put pressure on Nadal and played a major part in the Spaniard double-faulting four times in the opening set.
In a blistering start, Djokovic was one point from going 4-0 clear as he stood up to the baseline and returned Nadal’s firepower with interest.
However, a missed backhand on break point let the Spaniard off the hook, and Djokovic’s game briefly deserted him.
An unexpected sliced backhand from Nadal caught the Serb off guard and drew an error that allowed the top seed back into the set, but Djokovic gathered himself to hold for 4-3 and then launched another assault.
Two double-faults from a nervous Nadal opened the door and a stinging forehand return onto the baseline endangered the Spaniard’s toes, before Djokovic broke with a breath-taking example of his ability to turn defence into attack.


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