Novak Djokovic won back-to-back ATP World Tour Finals titles and for his third time (also in 2008), by defeating Rafael Nadal 6-3 6-4 in 1 hour 36 minutes. The 2013 year-end World No.2 collected US$1,923,000 in prize money and earned the maximum 1,500 ATP Ranking points by going undefeated with five straight wins against Top 10 ranked opponents.
Nole has now defeated Rafa twice in a row and by the same score line (China Open in Beijing) to set a 51-5 hard court record this year plus go to 13-7 versus Nadal on his beloved hard courts. The 1.85m Spaniard and the 1.88m Serbian have gone head-to-head more times than any other duo in the open-era with 39 (22-17 in Rafa’s favour).
In just the 5th No.1 versus No.2 final in the 44-year history of the year-end tournament (but third time in the past 4 years), the 26-year-old Djokovic equalled his 2nd longest career winning streak by notching up win No.22. In 2010-2011 the 6-time Grand Slam singles champion won 43 consecutive singles matches.
Djokovic won his seventh singles title this year, a 72nd win to 9 losses, collecting three Masters 1000 titles and the Australian Open in 2013 and still has the Davis Cup final in his hometown to look forward too.
The 27-year-old Nadal won US$1,013,000 and earned 1,000 ATP Ranking points to finish with a 75-7 win-less record in 2013 plus the coveted World No.1 ranking. Rafa won 10 singles titles in 2013 including Roland Garros, the US Open and 5 Masters 1000 trophies.
We can’t wait to have the women’s WTA yera-end finals equivalent to these men’s Tour Finals here in Singapore in 2014!!!
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