Rafael Nadal this evening showed Novak Djokovic just why he is World Number One as he kept producing high quality tennis en route to a 7-5 6-2 victory over the Serb, in their ATP World Tour Finals 2010 Round Robin match.
The pair were neck and neck until Nadal picked up a vital break in the tenth game of the first set and, with Djokovic suffering from an eye problem, Nadal soon got on top in the second set to close out the match in fine style.
Nadal has now won both of his matches – which means he is sure to qualify for the semi-finals whatever the result of his third and final Round Robin match against Tomas Berdych on Friday.
Djokovic will need to beat Andy Roddick to make certain his progression to the next phase, after Tomas Berdych beat the American this afternoon, 7-5 6-3 to take his score to 1-1 – currently tied with Djokovic.
It may well come down to games won, so Berdych will be hoping to get at least a set out of his match with Nadal. On the evidence of tonight, he will have a tough time getting anything out of Nadal’s highly consistent first serve, however.
ATP World Tour Finals 2010 – How Things Stand
Below are the standings following the Nadal v Djokovic result – at 23:00 GMT on 24 November 2010. The top two players from each Round Robin Group qualify for the Semi-Finals.
- Rafael Nadal ESP (1) (Record 2-0)
- Novak Djokovic SER (3) (Record 1-1)
- Tomas Berdych CZE (6) (Record 1-1)
- Andy Roddick USA (8) (Record 0-2)
- Roger Federer SUI (2) (Record 2-0)
- Andy Murray GBR (5) (Record 1-1)
- Robin Soderling SWE (4) (Record 1-1)
- David Ferrer ESP (7) (Record 0-2)