He won 83 points to Rafael Nadal's 80, hit 30 winners to the Spaniard's 14, struck more aces and generally played the more inspiring tennis, yet it all ended in familiar fashion for Stanislas Wawrinka at the ATP World Tour Finals on Wednesday.
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He won 83 points to Rafael Nadal's 80, hit 30 winners to the Spaniard's 14, struck more aces, yet it all ended in familiar fashion for Wawrinka at the ATP Tour.
Rafael Nadal believes his return to the top of the world rankings after a seven-month injury nightmare is one of the greatest achievements of his remarkable career.
In the wake of Novak Djokovic's attack against tennis' anti-doping program, Roger Federer defended the system and asked for more doping tests on Thursday.
A razor-sharp Roger Federer got back to winning ways at the ATP World Tour Finals with a 6-4 6-3 defeat of Frenchman Richard Gasquet on Thursday to keep alive his last-four chances.
Roger Federer had never lost his opening match at the ATP World Tour Finals since the elite tournament moved to London in 2009.
Rafael Nadal sealed the year-end No 1 ranking for the third time by edging Stanislas Wawrinka 7-6 (5), 7-6 (6) at the ATP World Tour Finals on Wednesday.
Rafael Nadal of Spain sealed the year-end No 1 ranking for the third time by edging Stanislas Wawrinka 7-6 (5), 7-6 (6) at the ATP finals here on Wednesday.
Roger Federer showed flashes of his best but Novak Djokovic exposed the Swiss maestro's fading powers with a three-set victory at the ATP World Tour Finals on Tuesday.
The parade of serial grand slam champions is reserved for Tuesday at the ATP World Tour Finals but the supporting cast provided compelling opening acts with Stanislas Wawrinka and Juan Martin del Potro in the spotlight.
Barring an unlikely set of circumstances over the next fortnight, Rafael Nadal will end a year as the world's top-ranked player for the third time but it will cut no ice with the Spaniard.