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Rafa Nadal slams fans following ATP Cup defeat by Novak Djokovic

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The world No. 1 fell 6-2 7-6 to Novak Djokovic as Serbia clinched the inaugural team event 2-1.The Spaniard appeared to be irked when he trailed 5-2 in the first set, speaking with the match umpire before giving a sarcastic thumbs up to a noisy section of the crowd. Visit CNN.com/sport for more news, videos and features"Honestly the crowd was fantastic every single day but sometimes people from some countries, they probably don't understand how tennis goes," Nadal told reporters after the loss. "They think it's (like) football and stuff and the atmosphere in tennis is different. The respect for the players should be there and at some points I think the respect from a small part of the crowd (wasn't) there."READ: Serena Williams wins first title since having her daughter three years agoSpain's Roberto Bautista Agut had defeated Dusan Lajovic in straight sets before Djokovic's singles win leveled the tie. Djokovic, alongside Viktor Troicki, triumphed in the doubles decider against Feliciano Lopez and Pablo Carreno Busta to secure the title for Serbia. The ATP Cup, which introduced a second team event to the tennis calendar on top of the Davis Cup, saw 24 countries compete across three Australian cities — Brisbane, Perth and Sydney — over 10 days. Last year's Davis Cup, in contrast, started with qualifying rounds in February before concluding on November 30 when Spain defeated Canada.Read More – Source