Nadal Loses Out in ATP Finals

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Nadal has lost his qualifying games in the ATP Finals, O2 Arena London.

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The Spaniard Rafa Nadal lost his qualifier to Nikolay Davydenko of Russia in the ATP World Tour Finals that are underway at the O2 Arena in London. This defeat means that he cannot progress to the semi-finals even though he has another match scheduled. He lost his first match to Robin Soderling of Sweden, who was a last minute replacement for the injured Andy Roddick, in straight sets.

Nadal went down 6-1,7-6 in a match where he failed to demonstrate the hight standard of tennis of which he is capable. Certainly Nadal’s form has been very poor in recent times, particularly when he is considered to be the second best tennis player in the world and less than a year ago he was number one.

His last title was the Rome Masters back in May 2009. He lost the French Open for the first time in his career, injury forced him to withdraw from Wimbledon so he could not defend his title, and he lost in the semi-finals of the US Open.  

He has said that he has lost some of his confidence, but otherwise everything is fine, though watching him play tells a different story. He appears jaded and lacking in energy, altogether a different player from the sparkling Nadal of old. Perhaps he has not fully recovered from the injuries that kept him out of the game.

At least he now has a week to recover before the Davis Cup final in Barcelona where he will lead the Spanish team when they play against the Czech Republic.

Sodering also beat the tournament early favourite Novak Djokovic, who has now fallen back into fourth favourite at 33/5. Favourite for the championship is Roger Federer at 7/6 at betdaq

All odds correct at time of writing and are subject to change

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