Djokovic’s dual display of class helps Serbia clinch the ATP CUP 2020

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ATP Cup 2020 novak djokovic vs rafael nadal highlights – After an epic battle for clinching the ATP Cup 2020 title, Novak Djokovic and Team Serbia reigned supreme.

After Spain’s Roberto Bautista Agut beat Serbia’s Dusan Lajovic 7-5, 6-1 to give his team an early 1-0 lead in the ATP Cup finals, Djokovic geared up his game against World No.1 Rafael Nadal and defeated him to force a deciding doubles match between the two countries.

atp cup 2020 novak djokovic vs rafael nadal highlights

Djokovic once again played his part in the doubles tie when he teamed up with Viktor Troicki to beat the Spanish duo, Pablo Carreno Busta and Feliciano Lopez 6-3, 6-4 to clinch the inaugural tournament cup.

ATP Cup 2020 novak djokovic vs rafael nadal highlights

In his contest against Nadal, Djokovic put the World No.1 on the defensive from the beginning itself. Nadal tried hard to keep himself at par with the Serbian legend during the backhand-to-forehand rallies.

The World No.2 secured breakpoints in the first and the seventh game of the opening set. The number of cheers and support that Djokovic received from the crowd in Sydney was heart-warming. The pro-Serbian crowd roared behind Djokovic’s phenomenal performance in the final contest.

ATP Cup 2020 novak djokovic vs rafael nadal highlights

In the second set, Nadal approached more aggressively and fought hard to be in the game. His service and backhanded volleys portrayed his undying effort to provide a tough fight to the Serbian. He successfully erased 2 breakpoints at 5-5.

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In the tie-break, the World No.1 was outclassed by Djokovic’s thunderous backhand at 4-4, finally losing the game to the World No. 2.

In the post-match interview, Nadal said that he felt like he did his best to compete with a world-class player. He further confessed that he did his best to change the dynamic of the game in the second set especially after the first set was dominated by Djokovic.

ATP Cup 2020 novak djokovic vs rafael nadal highlights

The win marked Djokovic’s ninth consecutive victory against Nadal on hard courts and his 19th set win since the US Open Final held in 2013.

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In the doubles match, the Serbian duo was lagging in the first set at 1-3. But they raced ahead from that point onwards, winning 7 games consecutively. Novak Djokovic served it out similar to his approach in the singles game against Nadal, to clinch victory amidst a roaring Serbian crowd.

An elated Djokovic said that he would remember this experience for his entire life and also as one of the greatest moments in his career. He felt that in spite of enjoying a successful career for 15 years, winning the tournament for his country with some of his best friends was too special.

Viktor Troicki was equally emotional after the win, as he recalled his enriching experience of playing for his country alongside his childhood friend, Novak.

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