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)
In This Story: Djokovic
Novak Djokovic is a Serbian professional tennis player who is currently ranked world No. 1 in men’s singles tennis by the Association of Tennis Professionals (ATP).
Djokovic has won 17 Grand Slam singles titles, the third-most in history for a male player, five ATP Finals titles, a record 36 ATP Tour Masters 1000 titles, 14 ATP Tour 500 titles, and has held the No. 1 spot in the ATP rankings for a total of 289 weeks (second of all time). In majors, he has won a record eight Australian Open titles, five Wimbledon titles, three US Open titles, and one French Open title. By winning the 2016 French Open, he became the eighth player in history to achieve the Career Grand Slam and the third man to hold all four major titles at once, the first since Rod Laver in 1969.
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In This Story: Rafael Nadal
Rafael Nadal is a Spanish professional tennis player currently ranked world No. 2 in men’s singles tennis by the Association of Tennis Professionals (ATP).
Nadal has won 19 Grand Slam singles titles, the second-most in history for a male player, as well as 35 ATP Tour Masters 1000 titles, 21 ATP Tour 500 titles and the 2008 Olympic gold medal in singles and the 2016 Olympic gold medal in doubles. In addition, Nadal has held the world No. 1 ranking for a total of 209 weeks, including being the year-end No. 1 five times.
In majors, Nadal has won a record twelve French Open titles, four US Open titles, two Wimbledon titles and one Australian Open title, and won at least one Grand Slam every year for a record ten consecutive years (2005–2014). Nadal has won 85 career titles overall, including the most outdoor titles in the Open Era (83) and a record 59 titles on clay. With 81 consecutive wins on clay, Nadal holds the record for the longest single-surface win streak in the Open Era.
Nadal has been involved in five Davis Cup titles with Spain, and currently has a 29-win streak and 29–1 record in singles matches at the event. In 2010, at the age of 24, he became the seventh male player and the youngest of five in the Open Era to achieve the singles Career Grand Slam. Nadal is the second male player after Andre Agassi to complete the singles Career Golden Slam, as well as the second male player after Mats Wilander to have won at least two Grand Slams on all three surfaces (grass, hard court and clay).
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