Djokovic beats No. 1 Nadal in ATP season-ending event
Novak Djokovic of Serbia remains the man to beat on indoor courts.
The defending champion beat top-ranked Rafael Nadal of Spain 6-3, 6-4 to win the ATP World Tour Finals on Monday in London, extending his winning streak to 22 matches and claiming the elite season-ending title for the third time.
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Djokovic has not lost a match since his setback to Nadal in the U.S. Open final.
Nadal replaced Djokovic for the No. 1 world ranking last month, but Djokovic has a 13-7 record when they play each other on hard courts.
“One thing that made the difference in today’s match was the serve,” Nadal said. “I didn’t serve well; he served well. On this kind of court, the first shot is very important and he hit that first shot much better than me.
“I think at the beginning, he was playing much better than me.”
Djokovic earned $1.923 million for the victory and Nadal made $1.013 million.
Vives is suspended for meth
Nuria Llagostera Vives of Spain was suspended for two years after testing positive for methamphetamine in July at the Bank of the West Classic in Stanford, Calif.
Llagostera Vives, 33, could not explain how the drug entered her system, according to a published ruling by the ITF’s independent tribunal.
Messi might be out until ’14
Lionel Messi probably won’t play again until 2014.
FC Barcelona officials said the four-time world player of the year has another leg injury — his third of the season — and needs from six to eight weeks to recover. That rules Messi out until about Christmas, when the Spanish league takes its annual winter break.
The 26-year-old forward from Argentina tore his left hamstring Sunday in Barcelona’s 4-1 victory at Real Betis. He has scored 14 goals in 16 matches this season.
“Messi needs to stop and take care of himself,” teammate Cesc Fabregas said.
Donovan is off U.S. roster
Forward Landon Donovan has been left off the U.S. roster for upcoming exhibition matches at Scotland and Austria because of a lingering ankle injury.
Keeper Reis has surgery
Matt Reis, goalkeeper for the New England Revolution of Major League Soccer, is recovering from surgery on his left quadriceps.
Team officials said Reis, 38, will need from five to seven months to rehabilitate the injury. He was injured in Wednesday’s 3-1 loss to Sporting Kansas City in a playoff match.
Reis had a career-best 0.72 goals-against average in the regular season.
Stamkos suffers broken leg
Tampa Bay forward Steven Stamkos, who is tied with Pittsburgh’s Sidney Crosby for the league scoring lead with 23 points, suffered a broken right leg in a 3-0 loss to the Bruins in Boston.
Stamkos got tied up with Boston defenseman Dougie Hamilton and crashed into a goal post in the second period. He left the ice on a stretcher with a broken tibia.
Lightning general manager Steve Yzerman said Stamkos is expected to have surgery Tuesday and said, “At this point, Steven will be out indefinitely.”
• Travis Pastrana said he is leaving NASCAR after Saturday’s season-finale Nationwide Series race at Homestead-Miami Speedway in Florida. The 30-year-old is 14th in the standings.
One of the most popular action-sports performers in the world and a 17-time medal winner at the X Games, Pastrana first tried competing in NASCAR in 2011.
• One of the four Olympic gold medals won by track-and-field legend Jesse Owens at the 1936 Berlin Games is set to go on the auction block.
SCP Auctions officials predict the medal could sell for upward of $1 million in the online auction that runs from Nov. 20-Dec. 7.
According to information from the Laguna Niguel, Calif., auction house, the medal to be sold is unidentifiable to a specific Olympic event. Owens gave the medal to a friend, the dancer and movie star Bill “Bojangles” Robinson, as a thank you for helping Owens find work in entertainment after he returned from Berlin.
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