The two warriors of the ATP Tour Novak Djokovic and Rafael Nadal played a high-quality tennis match on Sydney’s court. Djokovic played flawless tennis and defeated World Number one Nadal 6-2, 7-6(4) in the second tie of ATP Cup 2020.
Both the gentlemen produced some signature shots and electrified the stadium in Sydney. Novak was delighted to play amid a heartwarming crowd in Australia. The Serbian flags were ubiquitous in the stadium and people cheered ‘Nole! Nole!’ and ‘Ser-bi-a! Ser-bi-a! Ser-bi-a!’ with all their emotions.
“It was really unbelievable. The amount of support we got in Brisbane in the group stage and now here in Sydney. You guys took it to a new level,” Novak said.
Rafa played some courageous tennis and came up with risky shots under pressure. The level of tennis was simply unreal at certain instants. Novak saved five break points at 3-2 in the second set and that was a commendable performance. Also, Rafa made two big saves at 6-5 and rescued himself from going a break down in the second set.
It was an intense moment for the Goliaths of the sport in the second set tiebreak. Novak Djokovic came up with a magnificent backhand down the line winner to level the tiebreak score to 4-4. And the shot was followed by an extended rally.
“Every time I get to play Rafa we get to play a lot of exciting points. There were some incredible exchanges today,” Djokovic said after his win. “I started the match perfectly with everything working for me,” Djokovic added.
Djokovic maintains a 100 percent winning record at the ATP Cup. With Novak’s win, Serbia drew level with Spain in the finals of the tournament. The doubles match would decide the champion of the ATP Cup 2020. For deciding doubles, Serbians Djokovic and Viktor Troicki will play against Spain’s Pablo Carreno Busta and Feliciano Lopez.