#1 four in aa row at home versus the Clippers and six of nine von miaowang123 27.02.2019 01:54

LONDON - Novak Djokovic capped off a phenomenal autumn by defending his ATP World Tour Finals title with an impressive 6-3, 6-4 win over Rafael Nadal in a duel between the two dominant players of the season on Monday night. Theres no doubt Djokovic is the man to beat on indoor hard courts. And just for the record, his 22 consecutive wins to finish 2013 matched top-ranked Nadals best stretch of the year. Djokovics winning run started after a U.S. Open final defeat to Nadal, and during a span when the Spaniad replaced him atop the rankings. "The most positive thing that I can take from those 2 1/2 is the fact that I managed to regroup after a few big losses against Nadal, especially in Roland Garros, U.S. Open final and Wimbledon final," said Djokovic, who became the seventh player to win the elite season-ending tournament at least three times. His victory in London denied Nadal the only big trophy missing from his glittering CV. Having produced one of the most memorable comebacks in tennis, Nadal lost in a deciding match for the second time at the tour finals and missed the chance to join Andre Agassi as the only players to have won all four Grand Slams, Olympic gold, the Davis Cup and the year-end tournament. "Its not going to change my career, winning or losing today," Nadal said. "I am not very disappointed. I know that I was not the favourite for the match, even if I tried with the right attitude, in my opinion, fighting for every moment, trying to be positive in every moment, even if the match was not going the way that I would like." Mondays defeat was a strong warning to Nadal, who overhauled Djokovic for the No. 1 ranking last month, that his Serbian rival will be ready to extend his form into next years Australian Open, where he is the three-time defending champion. Djokovic has now beaten Nadal 10 times in 19 finals and is unbeaten since losing at the U.S. Open in September. "After the US Open final, of course, I needed to take things slowly and see and analyze what I did wrong, especially in the matches against him, to understand what I need to do in order to win against him," Djokovic said. "I think the results are showing that we had a great improvement in the last 2 1/2 months." Djokovic returned superbly from the start to move his Spanish rival around the court and prevent him from dictating the points. Nadal, playing on his less favourite surface, hit only nine winners and was broken three times. "If I can say about one thing that makes the difference in todays match was the serve — I didnt serve well, he served well," Nadal said. "So in this kind of court, first shot is very important, and he did that first shot much better than me." Nadal return to the No. 1 ranking came on the back of a stunning comeback from a career-threatening knee injury. Since returning in February, the Spaniard has won 75 matches —losing only 7 —to win 10 titles including the French Open, the U.S. Open and five Masters 1000 events. But Djokovic proved again that he still has the upper hand on hard courts by extending his head-to-head winning record to 13-7 on that surface against Nadal. "Year-end No. 1 is deservedly in Nadals hands because he had two Grand Slam wins, the best season out of all players, the most titles," Djokovic said. "I think thats no doubt, cannot question that. I tried to put aside the calculations and the rankings after U.S. Open and just tried to focus on one tournament at a time, one day at a time. That kind of attitude has helped me to get to where I am at this moment." Djokovic made an impressive start, hitting powerful groundstrokes to keep Nadal well behind his baseline while limiting his own mistakes. Returning well, the Serb made the most of two of Nadals backhand errors to break in the second game. He had another chance in the fourth game after Nadal double-faulted, but was unable to convert. Nadal got into the match from that point. He put Djokovic under pressure with his huge forehands in the next game and two unforced errors from the Serb allowed him to break back and then level at 3-3. But Nadal faltered in his next service game as he served a double-fault at 30-30. After a stunning exchange, Djokovic broke for 5-3 following a series of volleys at the net. Standing in the middle of the court, the Serb opened his arms and screamed as the crowd erupted in cheers. Djokovic sealed the first set with an ace. Appearing supremely confident, Djokovic raised his game further in the second set, pinpointing his shots on the lines to make life more difficult for Nadal after breaking in the third game of the second set. The resilient Spaniard saved two match points and kept encouraging himself until the end, but a final forehand too long gave Djokovic the title. 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Toronto is one of the top defensive teams (96.2 ppg) and ended a four-game road losing streak with Fridays 104-95 victory at Philadelphia, as DeMar DeRozan continued to shine with 34 points on 10-of-22 shooting. DeRozan scored 40 points in the previous game, a 93-85 win over Dallas, and is averaging 30.5 ppg in his last four. Philly native and Villanova product Kyle Lowry recorded a triple-double with 18 points, 10 rebounds and 13 assists. "As long as it is with a win Ill take," Lowry said of his first career triple-double. "Ill take all the congratulations and thanks from the teammates, as long as it came with a win for the team is all that matters." John Salmons (12), Patrick Patterson (11) and Terrence Ross (10) rounded out the double-digit scorers for the Raptors, winners in 11 of 16 games. Toronto is 11-9 at Air Canada Centre, where it has won seven of its last eight games. The Raptors have won four in aa row at home versus the Clippers and six of nine overall in this series.dddddddddddd The Clippers slowed down the Chicago Bulls, 112-95, Friday night at the United Center thanks to Blake Griffins 26 points, 13 rebounds and seven assists. The Bulls had won three in a row and nine of 11 games entering the contest. Jamal Crawford netted 19 points off the bench, J.J. Redick added 18 and Darren Collison chipped in 17 points for the Clippers, who moved to 7-3 since losing point guard Chris Paul to a shoulder injury and are 3-2 so far on the trip. Los Angeles, which led 41-26 after the first quarter, made 10 of its first 11 3-pointers of the game before finishing 13-of-21 from beyond the arc. Redick was 4-of-7 from downtown and both Matt Barnes and Crawford made three. Barnes finished with 13 points. "We got great shots and we made shots. We made everything in the first quarter," Clippers head coach Doc Rivers said. The Clippers, who sit third in the NBA with 105.6 ppg, shot 53.9 percent (41- of-76) from the field and have won nine of their last 12 games. They are 12-12 as the visitor this season and will close out the trip Monday in Milwaukee. ' ' '

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