Best of Three: Tennis schedule quandary, Champions Series
With Argentina leading 2-1, Serbia called Novak Djokovic off the bench. Djokovic was than a week removed from his U.S. Open title and had hoped to avoid duty. But desperate times call for desperate measures. Unfortunately there were no heroics. After a taut first set against Juan Martin del Potro, Djokovic retired with a lower back injury. In as much as it counts, this marked only his third "defeat" of 2011. In a sadly ironic way, by making himself available, he may have undercut his claims to the "best ever" season.
Rafael Nadal (ESP) d. Richard Gasquet (FRA) 6-3, 6-0, 6-1.
Note, too, that, less than a week from a grueling U.S. Open final weekend, Nadal had hoped Spain's 2-0 lead after Friday's opening singles rubbers would allow him to rest come Sunday. But when Llodra and Tsonga romped past Lopez and Verdasco in Saturday's doubles, it was back to work for the world No. 2 on Sunday.
What little drama there was came when Nadal -- moving into the position of ATP labor leader -- complained about the schedule, made
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