Novak Djokovic of Serbia kisses the trophy after defeating Roger Federer of Switzerland in the final during Day Seven of the Davidoff Swiss Indoors Tennis at St Jakobshalle on November 8, 2009 in Basel, Switzerland.
This was the only match I watched. The most interesting part of it was the 23-minute game that closed out the first set. That passage of play encapsulated their entire rivalry and demonstrates why I have a hard time watching these two play each other. It's like Raja can't positively channel his dislike of Djoke and Djoke, it seems, keeps waiting for Fed to do just that and starts falling apart himself.
It's become a rivalry that produces ugly tennis.
Still, to watch Raja dismantled in front of his hometown crowd at an event he's won three years running against a player he really doesn't like and respects even less was quite a spectacle.
Will be interesting to see where they go from here.
Andy Murray of Britain poses with the Valencia Open Throphy after defeating Mikhail Youzhny of Russia in the Valencia Open final tennis match in Valencia November 8, 2009.