WTF: Federer Defeats Nadal for Fifth Season-Ending Title
November 28, 2010 · Print This Article
Barclays ATP World Tour Finale—London, England
World No. 2 Roger Federer capped off a brilliant week of tennis at the O2 Arena in London on Sunday by defeating No. 1 ranked Rafael Nadal 6-3, 3-6, 6-1 in the championship match.
Needing one hour and 38 minutes to prevail, Federer began his charge to the title by playing a near perfect first set. Winning 100 percent of his first serve points, Federer converted on a crucial break in the eighth game to lead 5-3.
Nadal, who fought through a stern challenge by Andy Murray on Saturday, tightened up his return game during the opening stages of the second set. Capturing his lone break of the match to lead 3-1, Nadal stretched his lead to 5-3, before serving out the set.
However, Federer’s brilliant serving day would continue to pay dividends in the deciding set. Continuing to win a ridiculously high percentage of both his first and second serve points, Federer broke Nadal to lead 3-1, before running away with the match.
Improving his hard-court record over the Spaniard to 4-3, Federer notched his fifth career title at the season-ending event, while pocketing $1.63 million for being the undefeated champion.
Federer gave his opponent full praise for his fantastic season during the trophy ceremony.
“I know I didn’t spoil his vacation after this because he’s had an amazing year,” said Federer. “A year that any player dreams of.”
Reaching the semifinals or better of every event that he’s played since Wimbledon, Federer improved to 65-13 on year, and will finish 2010 ranked No. 2 in the world.
Entering the season-ending tournament with hopes of capturing his first ever title, Nadal will leave London with the optimism that his indoor game is in fine form.
“You played unbelievable all during the week,” Nadal said to Federer during the post match presentations. “So well done for everything.”
Erasing his 0-3 robin round record from 2009, Nadal ends the year with a 71-10 record, which included seven titles.