“Playing the season ending Masters Cup with the best 8 players in the world is tougher than winning a Grand Slam event,” said Novak Djokovic after he won the final match against Nicolay Davydenko. “There are no easy matches where a player can win when he’s not playing his best, it is one tough match after another for 5 days of intense high pressure tennis.”
In a tournament where all 8 players are close to the same skill level, the winner must have a little luck, a lot of nerve and the physical strength of an ox. Novak Djokovic showed the world that he has the all. He came into the tournament without having won an event since May, and had some doubts about his chances of winning. Ranked as the number 3 player behind Nadal and Federer, he was in danger of being overtaken by the surging Andy Murray, and dropping down to 4th. place if he didn’t play up to his potential. But it was Murray who discovered that playing back to back tough matches was more than his body could endure. The surprise of the tournament must be the play of Davydenko, who with his name cleared of any wrong doing, played some of his best tennis of his career.
The doubles winners were Nenad Zimonjic(another Serb) and Daniel Nestor, who defeated the American Bryan brothers for the third time.
This event brings the 2008 season to a close except for those members of the two Davis Cup teams.