Wednesday, 13 November 2013

Monday, 11 November 2013

ATP World Tour Finals: That's a wrap, Djokovic beats Nadal, 6-3 6-4

Novak Djokovic
The 2013 ATP season reached a crescendo tonight as Novak Djokovic defeated Rafael Nadal, 6-3 6-4 as he bookended his year once again with the Australian Open and World Tour Finals title.  It wasn't a great match, but there were some sensational points sprinkled in there, the most amazing one taking place in the first set when Djokovic broke Nadal to serve for the first set.  Apart from one blip losing a 3-0 lead to 3-3, Djokovic was far superior throughout the match and was returning like a demon.  Nadal struggled to impose himself on the match as Djokovic's consistent depth and placement helped him over the finishing line in straight sets.
So that's pretty much it for the 2013 season bar the Davis Cup final! Many, many thanks to everyone who has read Moo's Tennis Blog  and commented over the past year.  I have seen my viewing figures rise throughout the year, which has really blown my mind so thanks once again for reading.  As I posted last night, this will be the last blog from and I can now officially reveal that I am moving to a new site at

I just want to stress that apart from the new look of Moo's Tennis Blog, there will be no changes to the actual content  and I really do hope that you will continue to follow me over at my new site :-) And please don't disappear for the off-season because I have lots planned  including my countdown of my favourite matches of 2013, my favourite moments, a look back at the successes (and failures!) from my predictions and of course, predictions about what I think is going to happen in the tennis world through 2014.

Sunday, 10 November 2013

ATP World Tour Finals, Final Preview: Novak Djokovic v Rafael Nadal

Novak Djokovic
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