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By Rohit Sharma
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The fourth day of the Round Robin matches at the 2009 Barclays ATP World Tour finals will feature a swashbuckling clash among four of tour's most talented players. As defending champion Novak Djokovic is searching for a confident straight sets win, Nadal is in a grave situation, having lost his year-end opener to arch nemesis Robin Soderling.
Let's take a look at the stakes of these 'Fabulous Foursome' highlighting the day four's play at the O2 Arena -
Novak Djokovic vs. Robin Soderling
Djokovic leads series 5-0
Last Meeting - 2009 ATP World Tour Masters Paris QF
Djokovic won 6-4, 1-6, 6-3
Many people consider Novak Djokovic as "The man to beat in London". Rightly so as the defending champion is in an awe-inspiring form. His victory in Paris Masters was a true testimonial of his deliverance capabilities on grand stages and the three set win over Davydenko on Monday, a proof of the Serb's mental toughness. Robin Soderling may have given Djokovic a tough time in their last encounter in Paris, but chances are that this clash will fetch Djokovic a much needed straight sets win.
Rafael Nadal vs. Nikolay Davydenko
Nadal leads series 4-3
Last Meeting - 2009 ATP World Tour Masters Shanghai F
Davydenko won 7-6(3), 6-3
Rafael Nadal has an astonishing Grand Slam resume, his vast collection of Masters Series event shields is also only second to the Roger Federer in the active crop of players, however, the season ending Masters Cup is one achievement that has eluded him. The Spaniard never even made it to the finals in all his previous attempts. After a two month injury layoff during the mid season, Nadal returned to the circuit with some promising wins, and came pretty close to winning the title in Shanghai, where a resurgent Russian, Nikolay Davydenko deprived him of title glory. Davydenko's thorough baseline game suits the fast paced hard courts and has seen some of the best results of the Russian's career on the same surface. Nadal, on the other hand, has had his own set of struggles with the fast paced courts. Besides the 'Surface Tension', it's the Russian's improved match play that has seen him produce some exciting results in the past two months. Nadal's only ally is his tenacity and the hatred to lose, that can see him come through a tough three setter, although chances are slim.
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