Novak Djokovic 'goes down' against Li Na, and the rules, in charity match

Li Na and Novak Djokovic traded shots, as well as well-mannered banter across the nets in the match that was watched by 12,000 spectators at the end of an evening of friendly competition between the pair at Beijing's Olympic Park.

updated: September 27, 2013 21:06 IST
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Beijing: Top men's player Novak Djokovic was humbled by women's number five Li Na in a light-humoured charity match in Beijing Friday, battling both the home crowd favourite and rules that were heavily in her favour.

As Asia's first singles Grand Slam winner, 2011 French Open champion Li is used to breaking barriers in a sport she has pioneered in China.

But with the 31-year-old giving herself an advantage of at least 30-0 in the five games she played against Serbia's Djokovic, the light-hearted match never threatened to slip from her grasp - despite the 3-2 scoreline.

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