Throughout the week in Qatar he did not drop a set and his victory means he won the only tournament in which he didn’t make the final in 2015, watched by a full house that included Premier League-bound coach Pep Guardiola.
Nadal was cruelly outclassed by the formidable Serb. Image: ATP
World no 5 Nadal tried to stay upbeat after the dismantling, claiming that the Serb had played like never before.
“Well, for the match is easy to analyse,” Nadal said courtside. “I played against a player who did everything perfect. I know nobody playing tennis like this ever. Since I know this sport I never saw somebody playing at this level.”