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Tennis: Djokovic crushes Nadal to retain Tour Finals title

Spain's Rafael Nadal holds the runners-up shield after being beaten by Serbia's Novak Djokovic during the presentation after the singles final on the eighth day of the ATP World Tour Finals tennis tournament in London on Nov 11, 2013. Djokovic defend
Spain's Rafael Nadal holds the runners-up shield after being beaten by Serbia's Novak Djokovic during the presentation after the singles final on the eighth day of the ATP World Tour Finals tennis tournament in London on Nov 11, 2013. Djokovic defended his title at the ATP World Tour Finals and beat Nadal 6-3 6-4. -- PHOTO: AFP
Novak Djokovic of Serbia (right) shakes hands with Rafael Nadal of Spain after winning the final of the ATP World Tour Finals singles tennis match at the O2 Arena in London on Nov 11, 2013. Djokovic defended his title at the ATP World Tour Finals and
Novak Djokovic of Serbia (right) shakes hands with Rafael Nadal of Spain after winning the final of the ATP World Tour Finals singles tennis match at the O2 Arena in London on Nov 11, 2013. Djokovic defended his title at the ATP World Tour Finals and beat Nadal 6-3 6-4. -- PHOTO: AP
Serbia's Novak Djokovic (left) poses with the Brad Drewett Trophy next to Spain's Rafael Nadal (right) holding the runners-up shield during the presentation after the singles final on the eighth day of the ATP World Tour Finals tennis tournament in L
Serbia's Novak Djokovic (left) poses with the Brad Drewett Trophy next to Spain's Rafael Nadal (right) holding the runners-up shield during the presentation after the singles final on the eighth day of the ATP World Tour Finals tennis tournament in London on Nov 11, 2013. Djokovic defended his title at the ATP World Tour Finals and beat Nadal 6-3 6-4. -- PHOTO: AFP
Serbia's Novak Djokovic celebrates beating Spain's Rafael Nadal during the singles final on the eighth day of the ATP World Tour Finals tennis tournament in London on Nov 11, 2013. Djokovic defended his title at the ATP World Tour Finals and beat Nad
Serbia's Novak Djokovic celebrates beating Spain's Rafael Nadal during the singles final on the eighth day of the ATP World Tour Finals tennis tournament in London on Nov 11, 2013. Djokovic defended his title at the ATP World Tour Finals and beat Nadal 6-3 6-4. -- PHOTO: AFP
Novak Djokovic of Serbia holds up the ATP World Tour Finals tennis trophy as he poses for photographers after defeating Rafael Nadal of Spain at the O2 Arena in London on Nov 11, 2013. Djokovic defended his title at the ATP World Tour Finals and beat
Novak Djokovic of Serbia holds up the ATP World Tour Finals tennis trophy as he poses for photographers after defeating Rafael Nadal of Spain at the O2 Arena in London on Nov 11, 2013. Djokovic defended his title at the ATP World Tour Finals and beat Nadal 6-3 6-4. -- PHOTO: AP
Novak Djokovic of Serbia reacts after breaking the serve of Rafael Nadal of Spain during their men's final singles tennis match at the ATP World Tour Finals at the O2 Arena in London on Nov 11, 2013. Djokovic defended his title and crushed Nadal 6-3
Novak Djokovic of Serbia reacts after breaking the serve of Rafael Nadal of Spain during their men's final singles tennis match at the ATP World Tour Finals at the O2 Arena in London on Nov 11, 2013. Djokovic defended his title and crushed Nadal 6-3 6-4. -- PHOTO: REUTERS

LONDON (REUTERS) - Novak Djokovic gave Rafa Nadal a masterclass in power and precision to defend his title at the ATP World Tour Finals, crushing the world No. 1 6-3 6-4 in the final on Monday.

The Serb dominated from start to finish, winning the pair's 39th career meeting with surprising ease.

He began the final as if with a point to prove after losing his No. 1 ranking to the Spaniard in October.

Playing immaculate tennis, Djokovic raced into a 3-0 lead, only to lose the next three games as Nadal began to unwind.

Djokovic edged in front again and broke in jaw-dropping style in the eighth game, haring across the baseline to produce an inch-perfect lob before stealing in to the net where he won a quickfire exchange of volleys.

Uncharacteristic errors from the Nadal racket allowed Djokovic to seize complete control early in the second set as the world number two looked to be running away with it.

Nadal dug himself out of trouble at 2-4 as Djokovic moved in for the kill, saving two break points, but there was no way back as the Serb sealed a comprehensive victory on his third match point.