Novak Djokovic too good for Rafael Nadal at Qatar Open final
Jan 10 2016
Novak Djokovic won his first title of the year by dominating Rafael Nadal 6-1, 6-2 in the Qatar Open final on Saturday.
The near faultless world number one cruised to victory 6-1, 6-2 in a match lasting just one hour, 13 minutes. "The second set was very close and it could've gone his way".
"I was one match away past year".
It was all Djokovic from the beginning till the end as he applied consistent pressure on Nadal's first serve.
Nadal managed to hold serve in the next game, but Djokovic finished things on his own serve in the next game, finding his 30th victor to grab his first trophy of the year.
Nadal cut a forlorn figure after the match and said he'd never seen anyone produce a performance like Djokovic's.
"I'm hoping that I can actually peak and play as well as I did today in Melbourne", Djokovic told reporters.
Bruised and battered, Nadal's misery was compounded when Djokovic opened up a 4-1 advantage after the world No. 5 had displayed fleeting moments of potency throughout. Nadal ended Illya Marchenko's run before Djokovic got the best of Tomas Berdych. He converted his third break point in the opening game of the second set and secured another break to all but seal the match at 4-1. It can be argued he lost the match mentally for as the decider wore on Djokovic complained bitterly about the slippery state of the court, saying it needed watering on what was a scorching Paris day.
Contesting his 16th consecutive final, Djokovic won his 12th title since losing to Ivo Karlovic in the Doha quarterfinals last January.
Djokovic was speaking after winning through to the semi-finals of the Qatar Open by beating Argentina's Leonardo Mayer, 6-3, 7-5. Terrific display of Tennis. The Serb did not waste any time in putting the Spaniard on the back foot, racing to a 0/40 lead in the next game after striking a sublime drop shot to draw Nadal out of position.
And as Djokovic has risen to the top of tennis, Nadal has struggled to keep pace with him. "I came out on the court with the right intention, right intensity, and with a great deal of confidence I carried from the last season".
Djokovic has already won the Australian Open five times, and he'll be a heavy favourite again entering this year's edition. The head-to-head is 23-23 - who will take the lead on Saturday? "It's always a great challenge to play him on any surface in any city, the rivalry goes on".