Djokovic downs SA's Anderson in Abu Dhabi final

Djokovic downs SA's Anderson in Abu Dhabi final

Djokovic downs SA's Anderson in Abu Dhabi final

In the year's final Grand Slam in NY, the Serbian defeated Argentine Juan Martin del Potro 6-3, 7-6 (7-4) 6-3 in an exciting final winning his third US Open title.

He made his comeback at the Mubadala World Tennis Championship in Abu Dhabi on Friday, but withdrew from his third-place play-off match to ensure he didn't push his body too far too soon. However the first breakthrough came in the ninth game, which saw Anderson breaking Nadal's serve to take a 5-4 lead, which he defended well in the final game, winning it easily 40-0, to take the set 6-4 and the match to progress into the final.

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.

Novak Djokovic (R) of Serbia and Kevin Anderson of South Africa pose with their trophies during the awarding ceremony at the 2018 Mubadala World Tennis Championship in Abu Dhabi, the United Arab Emirates (UAE), on December 29, 2018.

As a fan, I salute that change.' Djokovic also spoke about his current shape: 'I am playing good tennis in last six months. "I think we had some nice and exciting rallies". "The match (in Abu Dhabi) is a step forward for me, that's the main thing". "I have to accept it, but I'm working for the best".

Nadal, who won his 17th Grand Slam at the French Open in June, said he was happy with his progress "but of course I need to prove myself in competitions and hopefully, playing here will help me take the first steps". Had a few in-roads in his serve game, but couldn't afford to lose my serve games, added the South African.

Having arrived for the Brisbane International ahead of the Australian Open, Rafael Nadal is ready to put his injury woes behind him.

Nadal was returning to the court after suffering an injury in October.

With Nadal out, Khachanov instead faced Dominic Thiem in an exhibition contest, defeating the Austrian in a super tie-breaker 10-3 after they had won a set apiece.

"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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