Anderson stuns Nadal, sets up Djokovic final

01 January, 2019, 15:27 | Author: Marlene Myers
  • Nadal underwent surgery on his ankle to remove an loose intra-articular body in November

In an interview during the Mubadala World Tennis Championship in Abu Dhabi, Novak Djokovic commented on the current and future situation of tennis, where on one side the Big 3 continue to dominate - Novak, Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer - and on the other, a lot of younger players coming up.

Djokovic claimed victory on a fifth match point against Anderson, who was the defending champion at the pre-season exhibition tournament in Abu Dhabi.

While the Serbian brushed aside the challenge of ATP-ranked no.11 Karen Khachanov of Russian Federation in straight sets 6-4, 6-2 in the second semi-final, to storm into the final, there was a shock result in store in the first semi, with the South African Anderson stunning the World No.2 Rafael Nadal in three sets 4-6, 6-3, 6-4 in a match that lasted 1 hour and 52 minutes.

Wimbledon and US Open champion Djokovic now heads to neighbouring Doha where he will be top seed at the Qatar Open starting on Monday.

Earlier in the day, Karen Khachanov fought past Dominic Thiem 6-4, 3-6, 10-3.

Anderson would go on to be beaten by Novak Djokovic, but gave a good account of himself in the win over Nadal.

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"Of course it helps to not face the top eight in the first three rounds, then if you play good you play them in the later rounds".

Asked if there is a record he dreams of capturing before the end of his career, Djokovic said: "I would lie if I say I didn't want to get to as high as Grand Slam wins number possible".

"I am happy that I had a match like this", Djokovic said after his fourth triumph in the capital city of the United Arab Emirates. "I think we had some nice and exciting rallies". A great show is guaranteed for all the fans; this is just the appetizer of an exceptional month, which will culminate in Melbourne with the Australian Open, first seasonal Major.

"It was a little bit of risk that we don't make it into the beginning of the season, but here we are, practising more or less hard and we are excited to start the new season", he said.

"I feel I am not prioritizing success on the tennis court for the sake of success only as I used to do probably until about five years ago", Djokovic said.

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