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LONDON -- Theyre still in their 20s, yet their rivalry is already one of the most heralded in mens tennis history. Andre Schurrle Germany Jersey . Rafael Nadal vs. Novak Djokovic has become a classic. The pair met for the first time at tour level seven years ago and, when they go head-to-head in the final of the season-ending ATP World Tour Finals on Monday, it will be for the 39th time. The Spaniard and the Serb have been dominant this season, with Nadal replacing Djokovic for the No. 1 ranking last month on the back of a stunning comeback from a career-threatening knee injury. "Whenever we play each other, its a huge challenge," the 26-year-old Djokovic said. "This is the probably the most competitive tournament that we have after Grand Slams in our sport, and we both want to crown this season in the best possible way and end it with a title." Djokovic extended his winning streak to 21 matches since losing in the U.S. Open final to Nadal when he beat Stanislas Wawrinka 6-3, 6-3 in the semifinals. Nadal had earlier dispatched his old rival Roger Federer in straight sets. The worlds two highest-ranked players are unbeaten this week and have faced each other five times this season, with Nadal leading the 2013 meetings 3-2. After losing a set in each of his three previous matches, Djokovic raised his game on Sunday, making only 14 unforced errors as he broke Wawrinka four times. "The performance was definitely by far the best Ive had in the tournament," said Djokovic, who is bidding for a third title at the elite, season-ending event and has been the best player of the indoor season. Nadal ended Federers hopes of finishing a disappointing season on a high note, defeating the six-time champion 7-5, 6-3. He leads Djokovic 22-16 in their career head-to-head record, although he lost their previous encounter last month in Beijing soon after regaining the top ranking. "After the U.S. Open final, I havent lost a match," Djokovic said. "Im trying to take a lot of positive energy out of this confidence and out of this run. I won against him in the finals of Beijing in straight sets and I played a great match. I liked the way I improved in our matches. I like that I changed a few things that allowed me to win against him. Thats something that I will definitely try to use tomorrow. " Nadal, who claimed his first win over Federer on an indoor hard court, extended his winning career record over the 17-time Grand Slam winner to 22-10 and has now beaten the Swiss player on every surface. Federer had won their four previous matches at the ATP Finals, dropping only one set. "The most important thing for me is (that indoor) is the toughest surface for me to play," Nadal said. "The most difficult for me was to be able to win four matches against top eight players. Its a very good way to finish the year." Chasing his first title at the Finals, Nadal played down the importance of the victory over his greatest rival. "It is probably one of my best seasons," said Nadal, who returned to the tour in February after a seven-month injury layoff. "The most satisfying thing is always (to win) the tournament more than the personal victories. So for me it is more important to be in the final in the last tournament of the year than to have the chance to win against Roger." Since returning from injury, Nadal has won 75 matches --losing only 6 --to win 10 titles including the French Open, the U.S. Open and five Masters 1000 events. Federers season was very different. Hampered by a back injury, he won only one title in 2013 and was hoping to secure a major trophy before the year-end break. He played aggressively early on but faded after losing the first set, making too many mistakes to threaten the Spaniard. "In the beginning, his serve worked very well," the 27-year-old Nadal said. "My feeling is that in the first set, he played very well. He was closer than me to have the break. So in my opinion until 4-all, he was playing better than me." Nadal and Federer treated the O2 Arena fans to some superb exchanges early on, reminiscent of the classic matches that have punctuated their nine-year rivalry. But Nadal was much sharper on the important points, converting all four break points he earned. Federer had 32 unforced errors and made some uncharacteristic poor volleys. Federer, who beat Juan Martin del Potro on Saturday to qualify for the semis while Nadal had a rest day, also appeared to fatigue near the end. Federer failed to convert three break points in the sixth game before Nadal took advantage of his first opportunity to break for 5-4 with a superb forehand winner. Federer broke back immediately, but failed to build on the momentum. He dropped his serve in the very next game before conceding the set. He then struggled with his rhythm and was broken twice in the second set. "I struggled to stay consistent enough throughout the match, and thats why he deserved to win" Federer said. "This game is a game of making or missing your opportunities." Karim Bellarabi Jersey . Brandon Morrow allowed five runs on six hits over three innings. He struck out two, walked one and hit a batter. Edwin Encarnacion had a two-out, bases loaded two-RBI double in the third inning. Sami Khedira Germany Jersey . Durant finished with 24 points and 13 rebounds, Jackson matched his career high with 23 points on 10-of-14 shooting and Lamb scored 12 points on 5-of-7 shooting, lifting the Thunder to a 94-88 win over San Antonio and snapping the Spurs 11-game winning streak.http://www.germanyfcsoccershop.com/c-13-marco-reus-germany-jersey.aspx .Y. - New York City has been selected to host the NBA All-Star weekend in 2015, with the game played at Madison Square Garden and the slam dunk contest and other skills events held at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn.SUZUKA, Japan -- Red Bull driver Mark Webber claimed pole position on Saturday for the Japanese Grand Prix, qualifying ahead of his teammate and runaway championship leader Sebastian Vettel for the first time this season. Webber clocked a time of 1 minute, 30.975 seconds at the Suzuka circuit, with Vettel just under two-tenths of a second behind in second place after struggling with his KERS power-boost system. "Sebastian had a problem so its a bit of a hollow pole but you have to grab the opportunities when you can," said Webber, who is leaving F1 at the end of the season. "Its a very nice farewell for me on my final time here at Suzuka and on a phenomenal circuit. It was a real highlight for me. In general weve got a good car for the race." Mercedes driver Lewis Hamilton was third fastest, followed by Lotus Romain Grosjean and Ferraris Felipe Massa. Mercedes Nico Rosberg was sixth ahead of Sauber driver Nico Hulkenberg. Vettel has won three of the past four races in Japan and can clinch his fourth successive world title in Sundays race. The title will be his if he wins and nearest rival Fernando Alonso, who was eighth in qualifying, finishes ninth or worse. Vettel is looking to join Michael Schumacher and Juan-Manuel Fangio as the only men to win four championships in a row. The German, who has a 77-point lead over Alonso, has won the past four races, leading after every lap in each of them. Vettel, who was bidding for his fourth straight pole, was hobbled by a KERS problem on his first lap of the final qualifying session but refused to blame Satturdays finish on his cars technical problems, which initially surfaced in the morning practice. Bernd Leno Germany Jersey. "We had a technical problem this morning but I dont think that made a difference in finding the rhythm," Vettel said. "As a fact, we are on the front row which is a great result for the team." Despite the championship title being on the line, Webber said there was no chance of him intentionally moving aside to help his teammate. "Its not as though its the last race of the year," Webber said. "He has a big lead in the standings so in general well be racing for ourselves tomorrow." Lotus driver Kimi Raikkonen qualified ninth while McLarens Jenson Button, who won here in 2001, round out the top 10. The first session of qualifying was noteworthy for a couple of fires. Flames leapt out of the back of Esteban Gutierrezs Sauber when it was inside the garage, forcing the Mexican to hastily jump out of the cockpit, but they were quickly extinguished and he was soon able to get back on the circuit. Jean-Eric Vergnes Toro Rosso came to a halt with flames coming from both rear brakes, with the resulting smoke resulting in a red flag which temporarily halted the session. The Grand Prix Drivers Association said in a statement the drivers will honour Maria de Villota with a moment of silence before Sundays race after the former F1 test driver was found dead in a hotel room in Seville, Spain, on Friday. Her family said an autopsy showed that lingering injuries from her racing accident a year ago likely caused her death.Wholesale Jerseys China ' ' '
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