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ATP Cup Final HIGHLIGHTS: Novak Djokovic's Serbia Beat Rafael Nadal's Spain to Win Title

ATP Cup Final HIGHLIGHTS: Novak Djokovic led Serbia to the inaugural ATP Cup title against Spain's Rafael Nadal.

News18 Sports | January 12, 2020, 19:44 IST
ATP Cup Final HIGHLIGHTS: Rafael Nadal's Spain lost to Novak Djokovic's Serbia in the final of the ATP Cup at Ken Rosewall Arena in Sydney on Sunday. Serbia came from behind to defeat Spain with Novak Djokovic starring in both his singles and doubles matches. Djokovic beat Nadal 6-2, 7-6(4) in the second match of the day after Roberto Bautista Agut beat Dusan Lajovic 7-5, 6-1 in the first match of the tie. Djokovic then paired up with Victor Troicki and defeated Feliciano Lopez and Pablo Carreno Busta 6-3, 6-4.

Lajovic also enters the final with confidence, following his straight-sets victory against Karen Khachanov. World No. 34, who owns a 4-1 record at this event, will be aiming to record his first win against Bautista Agut in their fourth ATP clash. If Lajovic can break new ground, he will hand Djokovic the opportunity to capture the title for Serbia against Nadal. Following the two singles encounters, Nadal and Djokovic will both return to the court in what could prove to be a winner-takes-all doubles contest. Nadal will partner Pablo Carreno Busta in the final match of the tournament, with the Spaniards own a 2-0 record as a pair in this event. Djokovic will join forces with Viktor Troicki, who has secured wins in four of his five matches at the ATP Cup.
Jan 12, 2020 19:44 (IST)

Team Serbia wins the ATP Cup after Novak Djokovic/Victor Troicki win the decisive doubles 6-3, 6-4 against Team Spain's Feliciano Lopez/Pablo Carreno-Busta.

Jan 12, 2020 19:09 (IST)

And Serbia have moved closer to the trophy! Novak Djokovic and Victor Troicki took the first set 6-3 against Spain's Feliciano Lopez and Pablo Carreno Busta.

1st Set: Djokovic/Troicki 6-3 Lopez/Carreno-Busta

Jan 12, 2020 18:51 (IST)

Rafael Nadal was originally supposed to play the decisive doubles of the ATP Cup along with Pablo Carreno Busta but instead Feliciano Lopez was fielded instead of him against Viktor Troicki and Novak Djokovic. The team from Serbia is currently leading 4-3 in the first set of the doubles, which will decided the winner of the trophy.

1st Set: Djokovic/Troicki 4-3 Lopez/Carreno-Busta

Roberto Bautista Agut defeated Dusan Lajovic 7-5, 6-1 in the first match of the tie while Novak Djokovic got the better of Rafael Nadal 6-2, 7-6(4) to draw things level.

Jan 12, 2020 17:31 (IST)

Novak Djokovic defeats Rafael Nadal 6-2, 7-6(4) in the ATP Cup final to bring Serbia level at 1-1 with Spain. Roberto Bautista Agut had won the first match for Spain and with Djokovic's win, the scoreline is level and now, it's on to the decisive doubles.

Jan 12, 2020 17:03 (IST)

Rafael Nadal saves two game points and takes the service game in his second game point. This guarantees him at least a tiebreak, if Novak Djokovic holds his serve.

We are going into the tiebreak! Djokovic eases through to hold his serve to make it 6-6.

Rafael Nadal 6-6 Novak Djokovic. Djokovic won the first set 6-2.

Jan 12, 2020 16:56 (IST)

Both Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic are not letting up here. Except for one service game for Djokovic, every other service game has been easy going for them.

Rafael Nadal 5-5 Novak Djokovic. Djokovic won the first set 6-2.

Jan 12, 2020 16:39 (IST)

Rafael Nadal fails to make the best of five game points and Novak Djokovic grabs his second game point to survive a massive service game and keep the scoreline in the second set level at 3-3.

Rafael Nadal 3-3 Novak Djokovic. Djokovic won the first set 6-2.

Jan 12, 2020 16:23 (IST)

Neither Nadal nor Djokovic are currently letting up. Both of them have held their serve pretty comfortably so far. One break of serve can be very crucial here.

Rafael Nadal 2-2 Novak Djokovic. Djokovic won the first set 6-2.

Jan 12, 2020 16:11 (IST)

Rafael Nadal begins the first set by holding his serve. This was extremely crucial for the Spaniard as he had been broken early in the first set, which eventually cost him.

Djokovic, on the other hand, blazes away with his service game. He holds his serve 40-0.

Rafael Nadal 1-1 Novak Djokovic. Djokovic won the first set 6-2.

Jan 12, 2020 16:05 (IST)

The early break of serve proved to be the difference in the first set as Novak Djokovic raced to take the first set 6-2 against Rafael Nadal. Even as Spain lead the tie 1-0, if Djokovic beats Nadal here, the tie will go to a decisive doubles.

1st Set: Novak Djokovic 6-2 Rafael Nadal

Jan 12, 2020 15:43 (IST)

Novak Djokovic is not going to give that easily... 

The Serb holds his serve again. 

Novak Djokovic 3-1 Rafael Nadal 

Jan 12, 2020 15:41 (IST)
Jan 12, 2020 15:38 (IST)

Rafael Nadal roars back!

Novak Djokovic just didn't know what hit him as the Spaniard holds serve for the first time in the tie... that too at love!

Novak Djokovic 2-1 Rafael Nadal

Jan 12, 2020 15:36 (IST)

Novak Djokovic and Rafael Nadal are battling hard. The pair are not letting their opponent take an inch. 

The Serb's 1st serve too goes the distance and he holds. 

Novak Djokovic 2-0 Rafael Nadal 

Jan 12, 2020 15:31 (IST)

It's an explosive start between Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic in the second tie of the ATP Cup final.

The Spaniard is serving first and the two race to 40-40 in no time. 

It is Djoko who takes the game, after two breakpoints. 

Novak Djokovic 1-0 Rafael Nadal 

Jan 12, 2020 15:07 (IST)

Meanwhile, Novak Djokovic is getting ready for his match against Rafael Nadal... by playing a bit of footy!

Jan 12, 2020 14:58 (IST)
 

Jan 12, 2020 14:33 (IST)

Bautista Gves Spain 1-0 lead in the final! Beats Serbia's Dusan Lajovic 7-5 6-1 in the first tie.

In the second set, Roberto Bautista Agut holds serve and then breaks Dusan Lajovic to take a 2-0 early lead again.

Bautista is on a roll! He wins the game on his serve and again on Lajovic's too. The Spaniard leads 4-0.

It's time for Lajovic to fight back. He breaks Bautista's serve. The Spaniard though is not taking it quietly breaks back. He will be serving for the tie...

And Bautista makes it 1-0 in favour of Spain after the first tie. The Spaniard wins the second set 6-1. 

Bautista 6-1 Lajovic 

Jan 12, 2020 14:22 (IST)
Jan 12, 2020 13:24 (IST)

Spain's Bautista Takes 1st Set 7-5 vs Lajovic! 

Roberto Bautista Agut holds serve and then breaks Dusan Lajovic to take a 2-0 early lead in the first tie!

There is some fight back from the  Serbian but is Bautista who holds serve to take a 3-0 lead.

Lajovic is roaring back. He holds serve and then manages to break Bautista's serve. It stands at 2-3 in Spain's favour.

The Serbian holds serve, after some resistance from Bautista though. It's 3 all.

Bautista holds his serve and so does Lajovic. he Spanish still leading. It stands 4-4.

It's back and forth tennis... as both Bautista and Lajovic hold their serve. The first set will not end at 6!

Bautista holds his serve and breaks Lajovic again to take the first set. 

Bautista 7-5 Lajovic 

Jan 12, 2020 13:16 (IST)

Here we go!

We are just moments away from the start.

Dusan Lajovic has won the toss and Roberto Bautista Agut will be serving first. 

Jan 12, 2020 13:14 (IST)
Jan 12, 2020 13:05 (IST)

This is what they battle for...

Jan 12, 2020 12:53 (IST)

First up - Bautista vs Lajovic!

Roberto Bautista Agut will face Dusan Lajovic in the opening tie of the contest.

Bautista Agut has won five matches at this event for the loss of just 19 games. Lajovic, on the other hand, has won four. Lajovic owns a 4-1 record at this event, will be aiming to record his first win against Bautista Agut in their fourth head-to-head clash.

Jan 12, 2020 12:33 (IST)
Jan 12, 2020 12:30 (IST)

Rafael Nadal is looking forward to the match against Novak Djokovic.  

"It's going to be a super tough final against Serbia," said Nadal. "Novak likes to play here and Serbia has a great team and is playing very well. But Roberto played an amazing match this afternoon and we have a good team, so we are ready for it."

"[It is going to] be a tough match for me, of course. He has been playing some great matches this week," said Nadal.

"Physically, I guess he is a little ahead of me. Djokovic plays on a surface that is perhaps his favourite," said Nadal. "I know I have a complicated game, but if I play at my best level I hope to have my chances. Then, we have other matches in the tie that can help us achieve something important".

Jan 12, 2020 12:16 (IST)
 

Spain's Road to the ATP Cup Final: 

Jan 12, 2020 12:15 (IST)
 

Serbia's Road to the ATP Cup Final: 

Jan 12, 2020 12:09 (IST)

It's time for the final!

Rafael Nadal propelled Spain into the final of the inaugural ATP Cup, where they play the Novak Djokovic-led Serbia.

ATP Cup Final HIGHLIGHTS: Novak Djokovic's Serbia Beat Rafael Nadal's Spain to Win Title
ATP Cup Final: Rafael Nadal's Spain Take on Novak Djokovic's Serbia (Photo Credit: Reuters and News18)

Nadal and Djokovic will meet for the 55th time in their ATP head-to-head series (Djokovic leads 28-26) in the tie's second match, when one player will be able to clinch the title for their team. Nadal has been impressed by the form of his great rival in the build-up to their latest encounter. Djokovic owns a perfect 6-0 record at the ATP Cup so far.



Nadal secured a comeback victory against Australia's Alex De Minaur in the semi-final. The world's top-ranked player was ambushed early by the young Australian, who threatened to run away with the match, before the Spaniard recovered to win 4-6 7-5 6-1. Earlier in the evening, Roberto Bautista Agut played a near flawless match to defeat a misfiring Nick Kyrgios 6-1 6-4, giving Spain an unassailable lead going into the doubles match.

In the other semi-final, world number two Novak Djokovic played tactical tennis to overcome the enigmatic Daniil Medvedev in a tight three-set match, which secured Serbia's place in the final. The Serbian won the contest 6-1 5-7 6-4 after he found success pushing the 198cm (6.5 ft) tall Russian around the court, forcing Medvedev to constantly scrape shots off his shoelaces. Serbia's Dusan Lajovic beat his more highly ranked opponent, Russia's Karen Khachanov, giving Serbia an unassailable 2-0 lead going into the doubles match.

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