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Guardian www.guardian.co.tt Tuesday, November 12, 2013
Novak Djokovic beat top-ranked Rafael
Nadal 6-3, 6-4 to win the ATP World
Tour Finals yesterday, extending his
winning streak to 22 matches and
claiming the elite season-ending title
for the third time.
Djokovic, who has not lost a match
since his defeat to Nadal in the US
Open final, returned superbly from the
start to move his Spanish rival around
the court and prevent him from dic-
tating the points.
Nadal hit only nine winners and was
broken three times in a match between
the two dominant players of the sea-
Nadal replaced Djokovic for the No
1 ranking last month, but the Serbian
player proved again he still has the
upper hand on hard courts by extending
his head-to-head winning record to
13-7 on that surface.
Djokovic made an impressive start,
hitting powerful groundstrokes to keep
Nadal well behind his baseline while
limiting his own mistakes. Returning
well, the Serb made the most of two
of Nadal s backhand errors to break in
the second game. He had another
chance in the fourth game after Nadal
double-faulted, but was unable to con-
Nadal got into the match from that
point. He put Djokovic under pressure
with his huge forehands in the next
game and two unforced errors from the
Serb allowed him to break back and
then level at 3-3.
But Nadal faltered in his next service
game as he served a double-fault at
30-30. After a stunning exchange,
Djokovic broke for 5-3 following a series
of volleys at the net. Standing in the
middle of the court, the Serb opened
his arms and screamed as the crowd
erupted in cheers.
Djokovic sealed the first set with an
Looking supremely confident,
Djokovic raised his game further in the
second set, pinpointing his shots on
the lines to make life more difficult for
Nadal after breaking in the third game
of the second set.
The resilient Spaniard saved two
match points and kept encouraging
himself until the end, but a final fore-
hand too long gave Djokovic the title.
tennis player Nuria Llagostera
Vives has been suspended for two
years after testing positive for
methamphetamine at a tourna-
The International Tennis Fed-
eration said the 33-year-old
Llagostera Vives s ban expires Sep-
tember 7, 2015.
Llagostera Vives now plays only
doubles, though her singles ranking
reached No 35 in June 2005.
The ITF said she was due to play
with doubles partner Francesca
Schiavone at the Bank of the West
Classic in Stanford, California, in
July, but withdrew because the
Italian was unwell.
Llagostera Vives was still ran-
domly selected for a doping control
and could not explain how the
drug entered her system, according
to a ruling by the ITF s independ-
ent tribunal which the governing
The day before the doping con-
trol, Llagostera Vives had visited
San Francisco but said she had
"only consumed a bottle of water"
while there, the ruling stated.
ITF expert witness Christiane
Ayotte said the banned substance
"was and is available only as a
street drug (crystal meth or meth)
or as a stimulant or as a party
drug," except when prescribed for
some behavioural disorders.
The ruling stated that Llagostera
Vives did not claim a medical
exemption which would explain
why the substance was present,
and only later informed that she
took some supplements and over-
the-counter medications in the
days before the doping control.
The tribunal panel expressed
concern about how the ITF edu-
cated players in completing paper-
work when asked to give samples.
Llagostera Vives will retain prize
money and ranking points in five
tournaments played since July,
including reaching the last 16 in
doubles at the US Open together
with Liezel Huber. (AP)
OKLAHOMA CITY---Kevin Durant scored 33
points, including a game-leveling three-pointer late
in regulation and the go-ahead foul shots in overtime
to send the Oklahoma City Thunder past the Wash-
ington Wizards 106-105 on Sunday.
John Wall missed a driving layup attempt at the
buzzer for Washington, which was seeking its third
straight win. Bradley Beal scored a career-high 34
points for the Wizards.
Oklahoma City trailed 92-82 with 3:26 left with
the fourth quarter, but went on a 14-4 run. Durant
capped the burst with a straightaway three-pointer
with 13.6 seconds left.
Minnesota s Kevin Martin scored 27 points and
Kevin Love had 18 of his 25 points during a 47-point
first quarter as the Timberwolves ended a 22-game
losing streak against the Los Angeles Lakers with a
Ricky Rubio had 12 points, 14 assists and 10
rebounds for the Timberwolves, who hadn t beaten
the Lakers since March 6, 2007. Minnesota took a
28-point lead during the highest-scoring quarter in
franchise history and maintained a healthy advantage
all night in their first win over the Lakers at Staples
Centre since December 2, 2005.
Steve Blake scored 19 points with five three-point-
ers, and Jodie Meeks added 16 for the Lakers, who
have lost five of seven.
At Phoenix, Eric Bledsoe scored 24 points and
Markieff Morris came off the bench to score 23 as
the Phoenix Suns beat the New Orleans Pelicans 101-
94.Morris shot 9 of 12, and has gone 30 for 38 from
the field over his past three games while averaging
24.7 points in that span.
Gerald Green scored 15 points and Goran Dragic
added 12 for the Suns, who have won four of five.
Suns coach Jeff Hornacek became the first coach
in club history to win his first four home games.
Jason Smith scored 22 points while Jrue Holiday
and Anthony Morrow each had 16 for the Pelicans.
Danny Green had 24 points and a career-high 10
rebounds for San Antonio as the Spurs pounded the
New York Knicks 120-89 for their fourth straight
trophy as he
of Spain at
the O2 Arena
6-3, 6-4. AP
Djokovic beats Nadal
to win ATP Finals
Thunder stops Wizards in OT
Tennis player banned
after positive meth test
TIMBERWOLVES 113 LAKERS
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