Djokovic claims 4th Mubadala title

Nadal withdraws from Mubadala

Novak Djokovic defeats Kevin Anderson in Mubadala World Tennis Championship final, 30-shot rally on match point, video

The Russian had been due to play Rafael Nadal in a play-off for third place, but that had been cancelled after the Spaniard had withdrawn from the event on Friday night to rest following his semi-final loss to Kevin Anderson.

Novak Djokovic won 2-1 in the final against Kevin Anderson of South Africa and claimed the title of the event.Novak Djokovic of Serbia poses with his trophy during the awarding ceremony at the 2018 Mubadala World Tennis Championship in Abu Dhabi, the United Arab Emirates (UAE), on December 29, 2018.

Khachanov said of that setback: "I had a few chances opportunities in the first few games, there was a few times it was 0-30 on his serve". Both players showed high-quality tennis, keeping the focus for two hours and giving the crowd something to cheer about in the last match of the 11th edition of this great tournament that once again gathered the best players in the world.

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"I will not play".

"They are different opponents and different styles of play and to play real matches with them here has been great for me". "For me, tennis is more of a platform now for other things - for the values that I want to share and the messages that I want to give out to the young generation". When you play someone like this at this level you want to win. Had a few in-roads in his serve game, but couldn't afford to lose my serve games, added the South African.

The time in Abu Dhabi was part of Khachanov's preparations for the Australian Open, the first major of the season, where he will be seeded for the first time when it starts on January 14.

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The former world number one spent the off-season training in the heat of Miami to prepare for what can be gruelling conditions in Brisbane and then Melbourne.

"Like I said a couple of days ago in Abu-Dhabi, for me is important to keeping doing steps forward not making steps back".

"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.

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Djokovic has lost just three times in the last six months, but all three defeats came against players aged 22 and under (Stefanos Tsitsipas in Toronto, Karen Khachanov in Paris, and Alexander Zverev in London at the World Tour Finals). However, Djokovic broke his rival right back in the next game and went on to take the set 6-4.

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