Rivals Novak Djokovic and Rafael Nadal will renew their rivalry Sunday in Beijing. This week, Djokovic ran his record to 28-0 at the Beijing event where he is a 5-time champion. Through 4 matches, Djokovic has lost a total of 14 games after beating David Ferrer today 62, 63.
Nadal, who won the Beijing title in 2005, played one of his best matches beating Fabio Fognini earlier today. He also leads Djokovic 23-21 in their head-to-head.
“I always expect a battle with him,” said Djokovic. “I always prepare myself for the battle, no question about it. He’s the player I played the most against in my life. There are no secrets.
“I know he’s going to try his best tomorrow to win his title, and I will do, too. I think we are both on a very high level; we know how to play these big matches. I’m sure we’re going to go out and play some good tennis for the crowd. The better player will win.”
“I’m happy to be in the final obviously,” said Nadal. “It’s a good result for me, very positive one. And tomorrow is a match to enjoy.
“[This result gives me] a lot of important points for the [Finals] too,” added Nadal. “I don’t say that I am qualified, but with that result I am much closer to being qualified for the World Tour Finals.
“At the same time, the goal for me is try to find a good level at this end of the season. Playing matches is the best practice possible, trying to do things in the matches, to have better feelings, practice the things that I need to do next year. I think today was an important victory. I really played the way that I wanted to play.”
Nadal hasn’t beaten a Top 5 player since the 2014 French Open final when he beat Djokovic.
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