Nadal loses to Anderson

01 January, 2019, 15:27 | Author: Amy Huff
  • Andy Murray will play his first match since pulling out of the China Open in September

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

"Positive three days here", Khachanov said of how he had enjoyed his first time at the event at the International Tennis Stadium at Zayed Sports City.

"I will not play".

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

Djokovic admitted he'd be "lying" if overhauling Roger Federer's mark of 20 Grand Slam titles was not on his mind, but insisted on Saturday it will be a great challenge to get there, especially with the sport's widely-hyped young generation stepping up.

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The Serbian-superstar found himself in a bit of trouble in the third game of the final set and had to dig deep to hold serve to take 2-1. "We had some nice and exciting rallies with powerful shots", said Khachanov, who will start the 2019 ATP-Tour in Doha next week.

In the second set, Anderson required only one break of serve - in the sixth game - to take the set and take the match into the deciding third set. "I had one of the best match points I have ever had and I worked hard for the win." . There are a few things here and there that I need to work on but pleased with the quality of my game throughout the tournament. However, Djokovic broke his rival right back in the next game and went on to take the set 6-4.

What does the Russian think of Djokovic's level after he played him in Friday's semi-finals. "The season just started for me, it was a goal to be here".

Earlier in the day, Russia's Karen Khachanov won the third-place match 6-3 4-6 10-3 over Austrian Dominik Thiem, who stepped in for Nadal after the Spaniard chose to skip the contest to avoid aggravating an injury ahead of the Australian Open.

The three-day MWTC, which is now well established as an annual season-opener, attracted thousands of fans who witnessed high-quality tennis action as the players battled it out for the victor takes all prize of U.S. $250,000.

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