Djokovic trumps Nadal in exhibition match

Novak Djokovic recorded a dominating victory over Rafael Nadal in an exhibition match in Thailand on Friday.

The world number one made short work of the out-of-form Spaniard, winning their encounter at the Hua Mark Indoor Stadium in eastern Bangkok 6-4, 6-2.

The match was far from a classic and was dominated by big serves throughout. Nadal drew first blood by breaking Djokovic's opening service game, but after the Serbian world number one got himself back into contention with a break of his own in the seventh game, he dominated thereafter.

Another break of serve handed Djokovic the first set, before he took control of the match with an early break in the second set.

Nadal, at the end of his first season without a grand slam title in 11 years, didn't provide Djokovic with much of a challenge and after another break for the 28-year-old followed, the match was wrapped up in just over an hour.

In fact, the two tennis stars spent longer meeting dignitaries on Friday than they spent on court, having earlier met Prime Minister Prayut Chan-O-Cha.

The duo also signed a book wishing the hospitalised Thai King Bhumibol Adulyadej well.

Their trip to Thailand also included a visit to the Erawan shrine, the site of the deadly August bomb attack.

Subsequently, the Tourism Authority of Thailand released a statement saying the pair had "helped to promote Thailand's tourist credentials".

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