Djokovic beats Nadal to keep Serbia alive in ATP Cup final

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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

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