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Rafael Nadal Beats Novak Djokovic in Penalty Shootout at the Bombonera

Mark PattersonUK Staff WriterAugust 30, 2016

Rafael Nadal may have lost to Novak Djokovic in the ATP World Tour Finals earlier this month, but the Spaniard has extracted a measure of revenge by beating the Serb in a penalty shootout in Argentina.

The pair were some extra entertainment for the crowd at Boca Juniors' Bombonera Stadium, where Boca were taking on All Boys in a league match on Sunday night.

The hosts went on to lose the match 2-0, and the shootout between the top two tennis players was equally dominated by one man.

Nadal won 3-1, although he may have had a natural advantage.

His uncle, Miguel Angel Nadal, was an uncompromising defender who played for Barcelona in the 1990s and represented Spain on 62 occasions.

The game is very much in the family. 

That said, Djokovic is no slouch on the football pitch, either. He has been seen in the past during the offseason showcasing his football skills in exhibition matches.

The pair have met 39 times on the tennis court—a record for a head-to-head in men's tennis. Nadal holds a 22-17 lead, and he won the two Grand Slam finals they contested in 2013 at the French and U.S. Opens.

The 2013 season has already ended, but the first Grand Slam of 2014, the Australian Open, is less than two months away. Djokovic is the reigning champion in Melbourne, having won the title four times, including the last three in a row. 

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