THIS IS THE FINAL PREVIEW OF 2013! I was really looking forward to both semi-finals today, but in truth, both were damp squibs. Rafael Nadal was first to book his spot in the final as he overcame one wobble serving for the first set before strolling through the second to defeat an error-strewn, Roger Federer, 7-5 6-3. This was a great tournament from Fed, but there didn’t seem to be a great deal left in the tank today. Novak Djokovic was second to book his place in the final with an excellent 6-3 6-3 win over Stanislas Wawrinka. A great tournament from Stan and I really hope he can back up this stellar year in 2014. Djokovic was good today and that incredible get in the second set was awesome.
Nadal leads the head-to-head by 22 wins to 16, but it was Djokovic who won their last match in Beijing, 6-3 6-4, which snapped Rafa’s incredible hard court winning streak of 2013. I have missed all their matches this year so I am particularly looking forward to watching tomorrow’s final. Both men go into the final unbeaten throughout the tournament so something will have to give. I don’t think Nadal has been playing that well this week, but he has always been solid enough to get the job done. In the final, I fully expect Novak to defend his World Tour Finals title.
Prediction – Djokovic to beat Nadal in 2 tight sets