BARCLAYS ATP WORLD TOUR FINALS 2013
Djokovic "On A Roll" Entering Final
by Josh Meiseles|
The Serb will square off with rival Rafael Nadal in today’s final at The O2 in London, marking their second meeting since the Spaniard usurped Djokovic’s throne as World No. 1.
“We both want to crown this season in the best possible way and end it with a title,” Djokovic exclaimed.
The defending champion in London, the World No. 2 will face off with Nadal for an astonishing 39th time as he seeks to become the seventh player in history to win at least three times at the season finale. “We played close to 40 times against each other. It's very tense. We push each other to the limit.”
After falling to Nadal in three consecutive meetings this year, including at Roland Garros and in the US Open final, Djokovic turned the tables last month in Beijing. The Serb says he has used that victory as motivation as the season draws to a close.
“After the US Open final, I haven't lost a match,” Djokovic said. “I'm trying to take a lot of positive energy out of this confidence and out of this run that I had. I won against him in the final of Beijing in straight sets and I played a great match.
“I liked the way I improved in our matches. I like that I changed a few things that allowed me to win against him. That's something that I will definitely try to use tomorrow.
“It doesn't matter which tournament that we play, whenever we play each other, especially in the last few years, there is a lot on the line, and there's so much to play for. It's a huge motivation for both of us to win against our biggest rival.”
Djokovic extended his winning streak to 21 straight matches with his straight-sets win over Final Showdown debutant Wawrinka, an appropriate bookend to the year in their newfound rivalry after an epic encounter at the Australian Open.
“I'm already on a different roll now and feel good about myself,” Djokovic said. “I hope that I can carry today's performance in tomorrow's match because this was the best match so far this week that I had.”
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