Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic opened with victory at the 2010 ATP Finals. The two rivals met for the twenty-third time in the second-round match, with the Spaniard earning a 7-5, 6-2 triumph in one hour and 52 minutes. minutes.
Thus, Rafa beat Novak for the sixteenth time and maintained a perfect score in London. Djokovic played well in the first match against Berdych and got off to a great start against Nadal. Still, the Serb experienced an irritation in his right eye in the eighth game, for which he had to take medical time off and change his contact lenses several times.
Despite his efforts, Novak was unable to improve his eyesight, playing the second set with almost one eye and standing no chance against such a strong opponent. Novak’s timeout off the court lasted seven minutes, and Rafa said nothing as he waited for his rival to return to the court.
However, when action resumed, the Spaniard was asked to speed up the serve a bit, and he argued with the chair umpire about it. After the match, Rafa explained that he had nothing against Novak’s long timeout. However, he did not feel well when the referee rushed him after losing the service time by two or three seconds.
Nadal saved four of five break chances and converted 43% of return points. He broke four times to seal the deal in straight sets and beat Djokovic for the second time this season. Novak made 30 unforced errors as he couldn’t control his punches.
He lost ground early in the opening set and went all-or-nothing as his only option.
Rothenberg opens up on Djokovic
Journalist Ben Rothenberg painted a gloomy picture with regard to Novak Djokovic’s prospects in the near future considering that the Serb has had little match practice.
“I saw how slow he was to come back in the clay season this year when he didn’t play Indian wells and Miami,” Rothenberg said. “He had a very slow start with the clay and so we’ll see. I think he’s gonna play some European tournaments this fall.
I’d imagine he will get some matches. But in this imaginary scenario, where it’s like the next big tournament, I don’t think he has that time to get the confidence back. Also currently he’s not legally allowed into Australia, sure that we will see, whether he even gets there first.
Doesn’t really matter, Its a hypothetical question,” Rothenberg said. “I don’t know if he will still have the same feeling when he goes back after everything that happened this year, could be a different sort of mental vibe for him in Melbourne, in the future.”