QATAR EXXONMOBIL OPEN—DOHA, QATAR
World No. 1 Novak Djokovic continued his ruthless domination of the ATP World Tour on Saturday at the Qatar Open, dismissing No. 2 seed Rafael Nadal 6-1, 6-2 in 1:13 minutes.
Djokovic, who controlled the match from start to finish, hit 16 winners in the first set alone. Winning 79 percent of his first serve points, 73 percent of his second serve points and breaking serve on four occasions, Djokovic improved to 24-23 in lifetime meetings against the Spaniard. Nadal, who is currently ranked No. 5 in the world, was playing in his 99th career final.
Djokovic not only added to his ranking point total by winning the event, but he also took home the 60th title of his illustrious career. The Serb has now played in the final of every single event that he’s entered since the Aussie Open in 2015. Both Djokovic and Nadal will next see action at the Australian Open next week in Melbourne to kick off the Grand Slam season.