Rafael Nadal: I was very close, I had my chances against Novak Djokovic


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Rafael Nadal: I was very close, I had my chances against Novak Djokovic

World No. 1 Rafael Nadal admitted he wasn't happy after falling short to his old-rival Novak Djokovic at the ATP Cup but underlined that he was happy with the way he competed against the Serb. Djokovic, ranked at No. 2 in the world, claimed a straight-set win over Nadal 6-2 7-6 (4) to force a deciding rubber in the ATP Cup final between Serbia and Spain.

The Serb was absolutely dominant in the first set as he broke Nadal twice and faced no break points en route to comfortably winning the opener. The Spaniard blew five break points in the sixth game of the second set but also saved two break points in the 11th game to force a tie-break.

The two players were tied at four points apiece after the opening eight points of the tie-break, before Djokovic won three points in a row to clinch the win. "I did the most difficult thing: changed a little bit the dynamic of the match after that first set.

Happy the way that I was able to compete,” Nadal said, per the ATP Cup. “I had my chances. I was very close. Not happy with the loss, of course, but the feeling in that second set is positive”.