Novak Djokovic recalls: 'Rafael Nadal vs. Roger Federer final is good for the event'

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Novak Djokovic recalls: 'Rafael Nadal vs. Roger Federer final is good for the event'

Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal, Novak Djokovic and Andy Murray were the last players standing at the 2010 ATP Finals in London. Nadal prevailed over Murray after an epic battle that lasted for over three hours, and Federer joined him in the title clash following a 6-1, 6-4 triumph over Djokovic in an hour and 21 minutes.

Speaking after his defeat, Djokovic praised Federer and said the event got an excellent final with Nadal as his rival on the other side of the net. Novak could not do much against Roger in the second semi-final, making a terrible start and failing to prolong the second set and extend his chances.

The Swiss lost serve from the only break point offered to the Serb and secured four breaks from 11 opportunities to control the scoreboard and remain on the title course. Roger stormed over Novak in the opener and claimed it 6-1 in 31 minutes after dominating serve and return.

Djokovic grabbed his only break at the beginning of the second set and forged a 3-0 advantage before Federer started to climb back. Roger pulled the break back in game five and wasted three break chances in the seventh game.

Still, Federer broke him at 4-4 with a sharp return and sealed the deal on his serve to set Rafael Nadal clash. Battling for the trophy, Federer beat Nadal 6-3, 3-6, 6-1 in an hour and 38 minutes for his fifth ATP Finals crown.

It was their second meeting of the season and the eighth win for Roger in 22 meetings against the Spaniard, the third at the ATP Finals from as many clashes.

Novak Djokovic lost to Roger Federer at the 2010 ATP Finals.

Nadal served at 77% and gave his best to stay in touch with the more superior indoor player, creating two break chances and seizing one in set number two.

Roger was untouchable behind his first serve (37 from 40 points won), converting all three break opportunities to forge a crucial difference in the deciding set and cross the finish line first. The Swiss made more unforced errors and three times more winners than his rival, keeping the points on his racquet and avoiding long rallies while keeping his backhand safe.

Federer had the edge in the shortest points up to four strokes thanks to his initial shot and the first groundstroke, toppling Rafa in the mid-range exchanges to seal the deal in style. "Having Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal in the final is good for the tournament.

It should be a tough match. If Roger plays the way he did against me and throughout the event, he has a good chance of lifting the trophy. On the other hand, Nadal has played great tennis too. Both Rafa and Roger won all four matches so far, and it should be an exciting final," Novak Djokovic said.