Novak Djokovic brought the curtain down on a fantastic 2013 campaign with a thumping win over major rival Rafael Nadal at the O2 Arena here in London. The World No.2 was comprehensive in his defeat of World No.1 Rafael Nadal 6-3, 6-4 in just over an hour and a half to defend the crown he won last year. Matches between the duo have tended to be protracted affairs in the past, with fortunes swaying and both players pushed to the brink physically, but today Djokovic was a cut above Nadal and by their standards posted a relatively straightforward win.
The victory was Djokovic’s third at the World Tour Finals following victories in 2008 in Shanghai & last year here. It crowned a fine post US Open run where the Serb has remained undefeated through title runs in Beijing, Shanghai, Paris and finally in London. For Nadal, it was a disappointment as his quest for a World Tour Finals championship continues to elude him. The Spaniard had last made the final in 2010 where his dreams had then been squashed by a superior Federer.
Earlier, Fernando Verdasco & David Marrero in their first appearance at the World Tour Finals upset top seeds and former champions Bob & Mike Bryan 7/5, 6/7(3), 10-7. The all Spanish duo followed in the footsteps of last years’ surprise winners Granollers & Lopez who also claimed their maiden triumph in their tournament debut. The duo shared $335,500 in prize money and 1,300 points, while the Bryans split $195,500 and 800 points.