FILE PHOTO: Tennis – ATP Cup – Ken Rosewall Arena, Sydney, Australia – January 12, 2020 Serbia’s Novak Djokovic celebrates after winning his Final singles match against Spain’s Rafael Nadal REUTERS/Ciro De Luca
SYDNEY (Reuters) – Novak Djokovic recorded a straight-sets victory over long-time rival Rafael Nadal on Sunday to keep Serbia’s hopes alive in the final of the inaugural ATP Cup team event in Sydney.
Djokovic won 6-2 7-6(4), extending his dominance over the Spaniard on hardcourts, a surface Nadal has not beaten him on since 2013.
The tie will now be decided by a high-stakes doubles match, where the world’s two highest-ranked players will face off to determine the winner of the $15 million event.
Spain’s Roberto Bautista Agut earlier completed a flawless tournament by defeating Serbia’s Dusan Lajovic 7-5 6-1.
Reporting by Jonathan Barrett, Ed Osmond