Novak Djokovic showed Rafael Nadal a glimpse of the level to which he must aspire if he wants to get back to the top of men’s tennis with a 6-1 6-2 dismantling of the Spaniard on Saturday in the final of the ExxonMobil Qatar Open.
In four matches played in 2015, Djokovic had four victories and whatever gains that Nadal had showed coming into this final was seriously exposed by the mastery and shot-making of the Serbian.
In the process, Djokovic won his sixth consecutive ATP World Tour title and became the 10th player to achieve the 60-titles milestone.
He draws level with Andre Agassi in a tie for ninth.
It was all Djokovic from the beginning till the end as he applied consistent pressure on Nadal’s first serve.
Djokovic raced through the first set in just 31 minutes in which he served four aces and the match was all over just 73 minutes after the start and he achieved the victory without dropping any set throughout the tournament.
He thus moves ahead in his head-to-head with Nadal to 24-23 and also looks in prime condition to win the Australian Open, which serves off next week.