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Djokovic overwhelms Nadal in Paris

Sunday, November 15, 2009

Novak Djokovic overpowered Rafael Nadal, 6-2, 6-3, on Saturday to reach the Paris Masters final for the first time.

The Serb will face Gael Monfils of France on Sunday. He advanced to the final with a 6-4, 5-7, 6-4 win over Radek Stepanek.

Djokovic is 3-0 overall against Monfils.

"He is one of the players who is very unpredictable," Djokovic said. "He can play really, really fast. And with a big serve, he can do a lot of damage to opponents."

The third-ranked Djokovic was dominant from the start and didn't face a single break point en route to the victory over Nadal. Winning 83 percent of first-serve points, Djokovic also had 31 winners.

Djokovic defeated Nadal for the second consecutive time to improve his overall record to 6-14 against him. He reached his 10th final of the year.

Nadal, who lost 14 straight points on his serve and seven consecutive games overall, was broken at love for the third time in a row when Djokovic hit another forehand down the line for a 2-0 lead in the second set.

BASEBALL

Pitcher Stephen Strasburg, the Nationals' No. 1 overall draft pick this June and the organization's top-rated prospect, improved to 4-1 with a 4.26 ERA today in the Arizona Fall League as the Phoenix Desert Dogs defeated the Peoria Saguaros, 1-0. The right-hander had six strikeouts over 3 2/3 innings. Another Nationals prospect, reliever Drew Storen, got the save. He has an 0.71 ERA this fall.

GOLF

George McNeill closed with a double-bogey and will share the lead with three others entering the final round of the Children's Miracle Network Classic in Lake Buena Vista, Fla.

McNeill overcame a five-shot deficit and made two eagles on a cool day at Disney World that made greens fast but easy to reach. He shot a 3-under-par 69 that left him tied at 203 with Justin Leonard (71), Justin Rose (69) and Mathias Gronberg (66). . . .


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