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Serbia's Novak Djokovic plays a
return to Spain’s Rafael Nadal
during their ATP World Tour Finals
tennis match at the O2 Arena in
London, England, yesterday.
Djokovic won 6-3, 6-3. AP PHOTO
DUBAI—Rory McIlroy shot the best round of the
day to move within one shot of leader Andy Sullivan
after the third round of the World Tour Champi-
onship in the United Arab Emirates yesterday, which
also puts him closer to the Race to Dubai title.
McIlroy shot a 7-under 65 at Jumeirah Golf Estates
to make up three shots on Sullivan (68) and go four
strokes clear of Danny Willett, his closest challenger
for the season-long Race to Dubai crown. Willett
looked set to be even further back but made two
birdies and an eagle on his last five holes for a 67.
Sullivan made two birdies on his last four to maintain
the lead with a 16-under total of 200.
Despite making eight birdies in the swirling wind,
McIlroy was left ruing some the chances he missed.
“I guess you can’t really walk off this golf course,
especially in these conditions, and shoot 7-under and
not feel good about yourself. But at the same time,
I feel like it could have been a lot better,” McIlroy said.
“The good thing is, there’s still one round of golf left.
If it had been the final day, I’d be kicking myself with
some of the chances I missed. I am playing lovely, so
bodes well for tomorrow.”
American Patrick Reed shot a 68 that gave him sole
possession of third place, two shots behind McIlroy,
while South Korea’s Byeong-hun An (66) and Emiliano
Grillo (71) of Argentina were tied for fourth at 204.
Sullivan was 2 under after seven holes, but a string
of pars left him slightly frustrated before the two late
birdies. He made a 20-foot birdie putt on the 17th
hole, and then saved par from a similar distance on
“Felt like the putter really saved me the last few
holes,” he said. “The way I played, I was quite happy
with the 68, really.”
Justin Rose, who was third in the Race to Dubai at
the start of the week and needed to win the tournament
to become the European No 1 for the second time in
his career, shot a 78 and slipped out of contention.
McIlroy closes to within
1 shot of lead in Dubai
LONDON—Already having the best season of his
life and with only one more match to play this
year, Novak Djokovic still has a chance to make
The top-ranked Serb defeated Rafael Nadal 6-3,
6-3 Saturday in the semifinals of the ATP finals.
Another win today against Roger Federer would
make Djokovic the first person to win four straight
titles at the season-ending tournament for the top
eight players in the world.
“Regardless of the outcome of tomorrow’s match,
the season will still be the best that I had,” said
Djokovic, who won three of the four Grand Slam
titles in 2015 and reached the final in the other.
Federer, a six-time champion, reached his 10th
final in 14 appearances by beating Stan Wawrinka
Against Nadal yesterday at the O2 Arena, Djokovic
showed why he is the best player in the world. The
10-time major champion lost only seven points on
his serve in the first set and three in the second.
On the receiving end, he converted three of his five
break points, including in the final game of the
“Novak for the moment is almost unbeatable,”
Nadal said. “What Novak is doing is just amazing.”
Nadal tried just about everything to stay in the
match, even hitting a “tweener” in the last game.
Djokovic lobbed the ball over Nadal’s head, but he
chased it down and whipped a shot between his
legs that made it back over the net. Fortunately for
Djokovic, though, he was there to tap it back over
and get the point.
The win evened the head-to-record between the
two players to 23-23, the first time Djokovic has
managed to get level since the rivalry started in
2006. Their 46 meetings are the most between two
players in the Open era.
This year it has been all Djokovic, who now has
four straight victories over Nadal in nine straight
sets. The run includes a quarterfinal victory at this
year’s French Open, the clay-court major that Nadal
has won a record nine times.
“It took a lot of time,” Djokovic said, playing down
the importance of such statistics. “It’s more about
obviously winning major titles and some other
Djokovic to meet Federer
in final at ATP finals
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