Novak Djokovic defeated Rafael Nadal 6-1, 6-2 on Saturday in 1.13hs to win the Qatar ExxonMobil Open crown for the first time. Nole now leads the H2H 24-23.
Nole captured his season-opening title and his 60th tour-level trophy overall. The world no.1 became the 10th player in the Open Era to reach the 60-titles milestone. He draws level with Andre Agassi in a tie for ninth.
Novak was in cruise control from the start. He saved a break point in the opening game of the match and raced to a one-set lead, breaking the Manacor native in the second and sixth games.
Nole continued to apply pressure on Nadal. He converted his chances in the first and fifth games of the second set and served out the match on second attempt.
“I played very much perfect tennis,“ Novak said. “From the beginning, I hit every shot the way I imagined I would hit it. Those two sets give me a great feeling. It gives me a lot of confidence and satisfaction, particularly against Rafa.”
“From the first to last point I managed to impose my own tactical strategy. I came out on the court with the right intention, right intensity, and with a great deal of confidence I carried from the last season.”
“Everything was going well,” Djokovic said. “I could swing freely. Any shot I did just felt so comfortable. There are those days when you see the ball like it’s a watermelon, and this was that kind of day.”
“I played against a player who did everything perfect,” Nadal said. “I know nobody playing tennis like this ever. Since I know this sport, I never saw somebody playing at this level.
“When I say perfect, it’s not one thing in particular. It’s everything. If not, it’s not perfect.”