Published on November 12, 2013 | by Tom Purcell

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Dominant Djokovic wins ATP Tour Finals

On court shot at ATP World Tour Finals

The ATP World Tour Finals is the last major competitive tennis tournament of the year [Photo by: andrewrendell]

Novak Djokovic beat Rafael Nadal in straight sets to win the ATP Tour Finals in London for the second successive year.

The Serbian star looked unstoppable as he won every game throughout the group stages, before topping Nadal 6-3 6-4 in the Finals on Monday (November 11).

The tough matches for Djokovic began with his first in Group A, the so called ‘group of death’, as he faced former world number one Roger Federer, who was determined to prove he is not over the hill.

The first two sets were evenly matched with the Swiss legend winning the second via a one-sided tie-break, before finally succumbing to the class of Djokovic, whose forehand winners helped him to the third and final set 6-2.

Djokovic was also taken to three sets by the other two players in his group, Juan Martin Del Potro and Richard Gasquet, who both gave solid accounts of themselves in possibly the biggest tournament outside of the Grand Slams.

However, it was to be Federer who would be joining the world number two in the semi-finals, after a convincing win over Frenchman Gasquet and another three set battle against the dogged Del Potro, who finally looked to be getting back to the form that saw him win the US Open in 2009.

Determination

Group A saw Nadal come out on top, looking equally as dominant as his Serbian counterpart. He began his charge for the title with a highly impressive 6-3 6-2 victory over fellow Spaniard David Ferrer, showcasing his trademark hard work and determination making Ferrer battle for as much as a point.

His second match up against Stanislas Wawrinka was less straightforward, as the Swiss number two matched Nadal step for step with the positive style which helped him overcome Andy Murray in the US Open earlier this year.

The world number one was able to wear down Wawrinka eventually, winning both sets in razor thin tie-breakers.

Nadal finished off the group stages with a three set victory over Tomas Berdych (6-4 1-6 6-3). Wawrinka, or ‘Stan’ as he is known, rounded off the semi-finals, becoming a crowd favourite along the way thanks to his aggressive playing style.

One of the sports greatest ever rivalries kicked off the semi-finals as Nadal and Federer took to the court.

Nadal continued his formidable run against his great rival, coming out on top 7-5 6-3. He has now won 14 of his last 18 games against Federer this season.

Djokovic and Wawrinka then came head-to-head in the other semi.

Wawrinka looked to continue his run and broke ‘Nole’ early on much to the delight of the crowd. ‘Stan’ was unfortunately not able to capitalise and Djokovic immediately broke back and went on to dominate the first set 6-3.

The first game of the second set was the beginning of the end for Wawrinka, as his serve was broken and he was unable to break the stern defence of the reigning champion, who matched the score from the first set to take him to the final.

Scintillating

The London crowd got the final they had been hoping for as the top two players faced each other.

The Serb shot out of the blocks with an immediate break of Nadal, who looked shell-shocked with the aggressive play of the usually defensive Djokovic.

Nadal then failed to seize on two break points which saw his chances of taking the first set disappear as Djokovic saw the first set out 6-3.

The second set followed the first’s pattern as an early break of serve for the world number two immediately put the pressure on Nadal.

Djokovic continued to push for a second break with multiple break points throughout, but the usual grit of Nadal clawed them back as he looked to create any openings to break back.

It was not to be for Nadal, who at least made his opponent serve the match out, again saving a break point before Djokovic claimed the second set 6-4 along with the ATP Tour Finals title.

The win was Djokovic’s 22nd consecutive victory as he ended the season in fine form with three straight ATP titles.

It was not enough to oust Nadal from his mantle as world number one after a fantastic season from the Mallorcan.

However, it sets up an intriguing battle for supremacy next year with Andy Murray also to come back from injury.

First on the list will be the Australian Open, where Djokovic will be looking to retain his crown and push Nadal for that number one spot.

 

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