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Early defeat for Wes

By Mark Etheridge

Our Weslie Moodie and Belgian partner Dick Norman had a brutal baptism of fire in their Barclays ATP World Tour Finals in London on Monday.

The eighth seeds for the season-ending tournament went down in straight sets 6-1 6-2 to Daniel Nestor and Nenad Zimonjic in their Group B round-robin clash.

Defeat means that Moodie and Norman have yet to get the better of the Canadian/Serbian combination in four encounters. In fact they are yet to take a set off the second seeds for the tournament.

Nestor and Zimonjic won this tournament in 2008 and showed their intentions of making it title Number Two from the start. Victory was accomplished in just three minutes shy of an hour.

In the first set it was Norman’s service that came under fire while in the second it was Moodie’s chance to feel the heat.

Should Nestor and Zimonjic go on to win the tournament it will be their seventh tour-level trophy of the season, their biggest win being the French Open in the first half of the year.

It’s Moodie’s third appearance at the World Tour Finals, having played in 2005 and 2008 but this is the first time that he and Norman have played this tournament as a combination.


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