At the ATP World Tour finals, World number one Rafael Nadal fought back from a set down to finally topple American Andy Roddick in an epic clash.

The Spaniard looked out of form in the opening set but slowly recovered as the game progressed to secure a 3-6 7-6 6-4 victory in 2 hours 30 minutes. Nearly five week break from the game due to injury, made Nadal rusty during the opening set and he lost his opening service game as Roddick opened up a 3-0 lead.

Nadal struggled to recover from his sloppy start and Roddick held his serve to close out the first set 6-3 in just 49 minutes.

The second set saw Nadal broken again early on but the Spaniard finally made inroads into Roddick's booming serve to square the set at 2-2. After that both players held firm on serve before Nadal took the tie break and his first set at the O2 Arena in London.

The deciding set went with serve until the sixth game when a passing winner handed Nadal a precious break. Roddick ensured Nadal would have to serve for the match and he duly obliged to seal a marathon battle.

Earlier, the world No. 3 Novak Djokovic of Serbia defeated the season finale debutant Berdych in style as he only required 88 minutes to wrap it up 6-3, 6-3.


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