Novak Djoković was clutch for Serbia all ATP Cup, but no more so than on the final day of the inaugural tournament when beating Rafael Nadal to tie and Pablo Carreno Busta and Feliciano Lopez, along with Viktor Troicki, to seal the ATP Cup 2020 Finals!
Djokovic teamed with countryman Viktor Troicki in a deciding doubles match to beat Pablo Carreno Busta / Feliciano Lopez of Spain 6-3, 6-4, in a match that finished a little after 1 a.m. Monday in Sydney.
Djokovic/Troicki fell behind a break and 1-3 in the first set but, behind a rowdy pro-Serbia crowd, reeled off seven consecutive games and Djokovic served it out, just as he did in singles earlier in the evening. Team Serbia rushed the court, jumping around with Djoković and Troicki in celebration.
After a great performance by Roberto Bautista Agut in the first match of the Finals against Dušan Lajović, defeating the Serbian 7-5, 6-1 in a dominant baseline performance. The task then fell to the World number 1, Rafael Nadal to clinch the second title for Team Spain in the last 3 months.
However, Novak once again proved to be too much on hard court for the 19-time Grand Slam champion. In fact, Djoković gave up only two games to his rival looking like his absolute prime self against a helpless Nadal.
In the second set, Spaniard recuperated and managed to exchange services up until the tie-break, losing to capitalize on five break points in the 6th game of the set, which turned out to be the turning point of the match. Novak was more successful in the tie-break, winning it after three straight points after the 4-4 tie-break tie.
No. 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.Djoković on fan support in Sydney, the host of the ATP Cup Final 8
Djoković won his ninth consecutive match on hard courts against Nadal and extended his set win streak to 19 (since 2013 US Open final) against the World No. 1 with the 6-2, 7-6(4) win. The World No. 2 now leads the Open Era’s most prolific head-to-head series 29-26.