Thursday, November 25, 2010
Nadal defeat Djokovic with troubled eye
LONDON, November 24 : World number one Rafael Nadal defeated Novak Djokovic 7-5 6-2 at the ATP World Tour Finals on Wednesday after the Serb suffered eye trouble. What had been an intense battle for more than hour in front of a sell-out O2 Arena suddenly became a stroll for Nadal after the world number three (Djokovic) began to struggle with his vision.
He left the court at 4-4 in the first set after a problem with his contact lenses and was still rubbing his eyes when he dropped serve at 5-5, giving Nadal the chance to serve out an opening set which lasted 76 minutes. Djokovic, who was beaten by Nadal in the U.S. Open final this year, had treatment on his eyes before the start of the second set, slapping his thigh in frustration as a physio shone lights into his eyes.
Nadal prowled the baseline waiting for his opponent to continue and showed no mercy as he seized two breaks in an anti-climactic second set which sped by in 36 minutes. The Spaniard closed out victory when Djokovic wafted a return out and now leads Group A with two victories.
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