Create Profile

Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.

Please provide a username for your profile page:

This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire 24.com network.

Facebook Sign-In

Hi News addict,

Join the News24 Community to be involved in breaking the news.

Log in with Facebook to comment and personalise news, weather and listings.


Djokovic sinks Nadal to win

12 November 2013, 19:02

London - Novak Djokovic reigned supreme at the ATP World Tour Finals yet again as the defending champion crushed world number one Rafael Nadal 6-3, 6-4 in Monday's final.

World number two Djokovic has now won the prestigious season-ending event three times and is the eighth player to successfully defend the Tour Finals title.

The 26-year-old has also equalled Nadal for the longest winning streak of 2013 after claiming his 22nd successive victory since losing to the Spaniard in the US Open final.

Djokovic's seventh title of 2013 went some way to avenging that painful loss in New York and eased the frustration of surrendering his place at the top of the world rankings to Nadal.

He has now beaten Nadal 10 times in 19 finals, while extending his winning run at London's O2 Arena to 10 matches since losing to Janko Tipsarevic two years ago.

Djokovic paid tribute to his coaching team, saying: "You may see us playing alone on the court but the big success comes from these guys behind us."

For Nadal, this was his second defeat in the final of the Tour Finals after a 2010 loss to Roger Federer and the wait goes on for his first title at the tournament.

While it brought a frustrating end to Nadal's campaign, nothing could detract from his superb return from a career-threatening knee injury to win 10 titles, including the French and US Opens, over the last 10 months.

"I want to say congratulations to Novak. You are a super player and you deserve it," Nadal said.

"This is still one of the best seasons of my career and playing this match in this stadium is just fantastic for me. See you next year."

It was fitting that the final of the season's last singles competition should feature the top two in the world rankings, but it was Djokovic who stole the show and laid down a marker for 2014.

Although Nadal went into the final with a 22-16 edge over Djokovic in their 38 meetings, the Serb had won 12 of their previous 19 clashes on hard courts and his extra quality on the surface shone through again.

Nadal had swept through to the final for the loss of just one set in his four victories, but Djokovic had matched him win for win and could also take heart from his triumph in their last meeting in the Beijing final in October.

Djokovic knew he had to counter Nadal's destructive groundstrokes if he was to subdue the Spaniard's aggressive game-plan and he was quick to seize the momentum, winning seven of the first eight points and breaking in his opening service game to move 2-0 ahead.

With Djokovic defending superbly and then coming up with some searing winners from the baseline, it took four games before Nadal finally got on the scoreboard.

At the first sign of Djokovic's intensity levels dropping just a touch, Nadal pounced and on his third break point of the fifth game as he pressured the Serb into dropping his serve.

But Djokovic regained the initiative in stunning fashion, ending a breathtaking rally, which included a brilliant lob and some remarkable agility from the Serb, to break and take a 5-3 lead.

The conclusion of that point brought a jubilant roar from Djokovic and moments later he was clenching his fist in celebration again after serving out the set with an ace.

Djokovic, firmly in the ascendency now, showed why he is the only player in the world who can overpower Nadal on a regular basis as he broke in the third game of the second set.

Faced with Djokovic's incredible ability to get back into points that should be beyond him, Nadal was looking increasingly frazzled.

The Spaniard had hit just four winners in the whole match by midway through the second set.

Djokovic could see the finish line in sight and after two match points slipped away, he finally delivered the knockout blow at the third attempt.



Read News24’s Comments Policy

Comment on this story
Comments have been closed for this article.

Read more from our Users

Nigeria @ 56: Words to my green f...

A leader’s job is not to dictate, but rather to be respected, admired and be a trustee, of the land we love, with so much potential, a land which should be freer than free. Its still a long way to fufilling our destiny! Read more...

Submitted by
Isaac Asabor263
Recession: An opportunity for Nig...

The recession should be seen as an opportunity for the country’s promotion as long as we all collectively conduct ourselves in a patriotic manner, writes Isaac Asabor.  Read more...

Submitted by
Black and White

We want to imitate the whites in everything because we are ignorant of our inherent originality and content. We spend all our Naira to acquire his inventions because we so oblivious of our natural endowments that we allow him have it for free. Read more...

Submitted by
Nate Nat
Adamawa State University Mubi: A ...

ADSU integrity forum has accused the Sunday Joshua Wugira, a lawyer, of adopting unorthodox tactics by abusing his privilege by attacking the integrity of ADSU Vice Chancellor Dr. Moses Zira Zaruwa, writes a News24 reader. Read more...

Submitted by
Abdulsalam Jubril
My Country Nigeria (Part One)

Poetry by Abdulsalam Jubril.

Submitted by
Abdulsalam Jubril
Recession, dearth in leadership a...

Every leader has the opportunity to become great and making himself immortal in the lives and hearts of people for generations to come. Will Mr. President seize this opportunity?, questions Abdulsalam Jubril. Read more...