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‘I learned many things from Indian Wells final’, Djokovic recalls his first win over Rafael Nadal



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2007 must be the most cherished year of Djokovic’s life, as starting the season ranked 16th, the Serbian took no time to become the third-strongest link in men’s tennis.


Current world No.1, Novak that time entered top 10 for the first time following the final in Indian wells, where in his first Masters 1000 title match he was halted by Rafael Nadal but two weeks from then situation turned upside down, when in Miami, the Serb took his revenge from the Spaniard in quater finals claming his first Masters 1000 title at 19.
Novak Djokovic

It was their third meeting and Novak’s first win over Nadal. Coming into the second serve, with his incredible performance the Serb took 15 out of 20 points and kept Nadal under tremendous pressure by fending off four out of five break chances.

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Unlike in Indian Wells, Rafa’s luck didn’t follow the rivals pace behind the initial shot. It was Djokovic who this time left Rafael behind after hitting more winners than unforced errors, as the competition was neck to neck in the shortest rallies up to four strokes, and lucky of Djokovic, he had the upper hand in the mid-range and more extended exchanges.

After his impeccable performance, in the fourth game Novak, mistakenly gave Rafael a chance to move 3-1 in front, when his forehand landed long which led the Spaniard back in the positive side of the scoreboard.

But in next game, Djokovic’s sun rose again when his forehand worked much better as he secured second straight break and move 4-2 ahead.

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As the Serbian winded up the set with an amazing volley in the ninth game for 6-3.

Somehow, Nadal managed to survive three break chances to stay in touch, where he earned a break opportunity in the next game with a volley winner.
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All together, Novak passed the toughest possible test serving for the victory at 5-4, fending off three break chances to notch the first triumph over Nadal.

Djokovic said, “This is the most significant victory of my career; Rafael Nadal is the best player I’ve ever beaten.”

“I learned many things from Indian Wells final; my sever was bad in that one, together with a backhand and return, and he used those opportunities, as you expect from World no. 2 I was motivated today, having nothing to lose. My results in the last couple of months have been great and I’m in grear shape, feeling confident on the court. My Sever worked like a charm and that’s a positive thing for the future. Competing against World No.2 in the Masters 1000 quarter-final is not too easy; I got abit nervous while serving for the match.”

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“I missed some shots but I still played on a high level, not making too many errors that Rafa was waiting for. Playing against Michael Llorda and Feliciano Lopez helped me a lot, as they are both left-handed; those were helpful tests ahead of such a big encounter.” He concluded.