Stars realign themselves in Asian swing

Nadal gets back to number 1 in Beijing (Thanks to yahoonewsphotos.tumbler.com)

Nadal gets back to number 1 in Beijing
(Thanks to yahoonewsphotos.tumbler.com)

This season’s Asian swing saw three of the game’s biggest stars realign themselves in different ways.

First, and most significantly, Rafael Nadal, in reaching the Beijing final, reclaimed the number one position in the ATP rankings. Leading the race since the first half of the season, the Spaniard’s strong display in his least successful part of the season saw him get back to where he has shown the season he belongs.

He did not win the trophy, though. This, after all, is Djokovic’s territory and the Serb took his fourth title in Beijing. It was an impeccable performance from the tour’s leading player of the last two seasons. Beating the Spaniard in straight sets, the Serbian closed the head to head to 22-16 and won his first title since Monte Carlo.

The win certainly did something for Djokovic’s confidence. He made the final in Shanghai where he defeated Nadal’s conqueror Del Potro in a final set tiebreaker. Djokovic’s desire was all too evident during the match and his very recent dethroning from the number one spot must have given him a wake up call. Two titles on the trot and with the European indoor tournaments coming up, a solid season might turn into yet another great one for the Serb.

Meanwhile, for Nadal, there was no shame losing to Del Potro. The Argentinian won in Tokyo, beating Raonic in two close sets, a final pairing we will get used to seeing. Not only that but the Argentine climbed back into the top five in the world.

The Argentine’s game appears to back to where it was in 2009 and if he can get some lucky breaks in the Majors, some more are sure to come his way.

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Christian Deverille

Christian Deverille is a tennis writer with a diploma in Freelance Sports Writing from the London School of Journalism. He loves all things tennis, most of all the Federer and del Potro forehands.
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