Novak completed the 2016 season with a 65-9 W/L record and seven titles won, and finished year as no. 2 for the second time in his career.
This is Novak’s fifth runner-up finish in Cincinnati, following his Final appearances in 2008-09 and 2011-12.
No.8 seed Stan Wawrinka denied Novak career Grand Slam dream with a 4-6, 6-4, 6-3, 6-4 victory in Roland Garros final on Sunday.
Novak was attempting to win his 50th career title and second in 2015. Roger Federer won 6-3, 7-5 to take his seventh Dubai crown.
Tonight’s match-up was the 37th between the pair. Nadal won 6-2, 3-6, 6-4, 6-1 in three hours and 21 minutes.
No.2 seed Andy Murray became the first British male champion at Wimbledon in 77 years with a 6-4, 7-5, 6-4 win over the world no.1.
Nole fell to Andy Murray 6-7(10), 5-7, 6-2, 6-3, 2-6 in an epic
five-set thriller after four hours and 54 minutes. The final tied the record as the longest at Flushing Meadows.