Novak Djokovic impressed Serbia to victory within the inaugural ATP Cup as his singles recall over Rafael Nadal helped his country beat Spain 2-1 in Sydney.
World number two Djokovic, 32, defeated high-ranked Nadal, 33, 6-2 7-6 (7-4) to stage the tie after Roberto Bautista Agut beat Dusan Lajovic 7-5 6-1.
Djokovic then partnered Viktor Troicki to a 6-3 6-4 doubles recall over Pablo Carreno Busta and Feliciano Lopez.
“I will be conscious this journey for the remaining of my existence,” Djokovic said.
“It is indubitably one amongst the nicest moments of my occupation.”
Djokovic and Troicki rapidly went 3-1 down within the first space of the doubles however the intelligent Serbian pair gained the following five video games to recall the outlet space.
They broke early within the second and maintained their momentum, with Djokovic serving out the match at his first strive.
Djokovic, the reigning Australian Open champion, did now no longer lose a match at some level of the week-prolonged match, claiming six singles and two doubles wins.
“It changed into a large group effort,” Djokovic said.
“I’ve been very fortunate and blessed to dangle an unprecedented occupation however playing for your country, with some of my most attention-grabbing company, that you just can also’t match that.”
The Australian Open begins on 20 January, eight days after the ATP Cup finishes.
Nadal frustrated by crowd
Nadal has now lost his previous nine exhausting court matches against Djokovic, who changed into barely alarmed within the outlet space.
The Spaniard changed into damaged within the first game of the match and changed into visibly frustrated by the legitimate-Serbian crowd, giving them a sarcastic thumbs-up as he dropped abet again.
Djokovic served out the outlet space however changed into given a more challenging test within the second, saving five shatter beneficial properties in one 10-minute service game.
Nadal saved two shatter beneficial properties with consecutive backhand winners however Djokovic took wait on watch over of the tie-shatter, closing out victory as Nadal despatched a forehand into the on-line.
“The glory for both gamers wants to be there,” Nadal said of the crew afterwards.
Nadalgained the Davis Cup with Spainsix weeks ago, which is a equal layout to the ATP Cup, and he believes the 2 events are too shut collectively.
“I mediate that [scheduling] is a confusion for the spectators, and we dangle to be clear in our sport,” he added.
“And for the smartly being of our sport and for the merit of our sport, for my piece, it’s famous that we repair it.”