Rafael Nadal has described Novak Djokovic as ‘the best player in the world’ after the Serbian ended Spain’s ATP Cup hopes.
Djokovic’s Serbia came up against Nadal’s Spain in the final on Sunday, with the pair meeting in the second singles tie.
It turned out to be another masterclass from Djokovic, and he beat Nadal in straight sets before also starring in the deciding doubles clash.
And afterwards Nadal was in reflective mood, and he was in no doubt about who made the difference on the day.
“He has been the best player in the world on hard the last couple of years,” Nadal told reporters of Djokovic, “so to play against the best player is always difficult.
“But I think I improved things, probably today was a little bit too early on the season but in general terms I think I improved a couple of things that really give me chances in the near future.
“My serve is working better, serving is an important point to have chances in the near future against the best players.
“I’m happy with the way I served, especially in the second set, was able to change with some serves and volley too. I’m going to keep working.”
Kevin Palmer on Roger Federer’s biggest test this year.
Roger Federer sidelined for a few months.
Tennis Today features Djokovic, Federer and Nadal.
Nakashima’s dream run continues, but Kyrgios out.
Contrasting wins for Tsitsipas and Auger-Aliassime.
Simona Halep given a big scare in Dubai.
Serbia to get services of superstar.
What’s going on in tennis today?
Serb opens up on rivalries.