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Novak Djokovic beats Rafael Nadal to defend World Tour Finals title

Novak Djokovic has defended his ATP World Tour Finals title with a crushing defeat over Rafael Nadal. Djokovic's victory over the world No. 1 marked his 22nd consecutive win.

Tennis world Number 2 Novak Djokovic capped off an impressive autumn on Monday by defending his ATP World Tour Finals title with a 6-3, 6-4 win over Rafael Nadal at the O2 Arena in London.

The Serb dominated from start to finish, defeating the world Number 1 with relative ease.

It was Djokovic's 22nd consecutive victory since Nadal beat him in the US Open final in August. Nadal finishes the year with the world's number one ranking, which he took from his Serbian rival in October.

"Look, the year-end number one is deservedly in Nadal's hands because he had two grand slam wins, the best season out of all players, the most titles," said Djokovic.

He is now the seventh player to win the season-ending tournament at least three times. He took the title in 2008 and again in 2012.

The World Tour Finals title remains the only big trophy which Nadal has never won.

ccp/ch (AFP, Reuters, dpa)