Djokovic wins the Mubadala World Tennis Championship

Djokovic wins the Mubadala World Tennis Championship

Djokovic wins the Mubadala World Tennis Championship

The Scot, who won the Brisbane crown in 2012 and 2013, has been training hard to regain the sort of fitness levels that saw him capture nine titles in a stellar 2016 campaign and reach the No 1 ranking.

Murray is in the top half of the draw, where Spain's Rafael Nadal could lie in wait at the semi-final stage. A forehand victor and two aces the first on his second serve, was enough for the world number six, Anderson to win his next service game.

Karen Khachanov of Russian Federation competes during his match against Dominic Thiem of Austria at the 2018 Mubadala World Tennis Championship in Abu Dhabi, the United Arab Emirates (UAE), on December 29, 2018.

It was with an eye to avoiding the problems of this year that led to Nadal withdrawing from the rest of the MWTC after his defeat to Anderson, meaning his scheduled play-off for third place with Karen Khachanov on Saturday was cancelled.

World number one, Novak Djokovic equalled Rafael Nadal's record of four titles at the Mubadala World Tennis Championship with a hard-fought 4-6, 7-5, 7-5 win over South African world number six, Kevin Anderson.

His match with Anderson, which lasted for eight minutes shy of two hours, proved to be an extensive workout before he went down 4-6, 6-3, 6-4.

"There are still things that I want to achieve", he said.

"There's a new generation of players, Nadal and Federer are still there, [Andy] Murray and [Stan] Wawrinka are coming back, Zverev is the leader of this Next Gen", Djokovic said. As a fan, I salute that change.' Djokovic also spoke about his current shape: 'I am playing good tennis in last six months.

Before the final, fans were treated to a special exhibition match between world number eight Dominic Thiem and Paris Masters victor Karen Khachanov, following the unfortunate withdrawal of Rafael Nadal from the third-place play-off.

"The season just started for me", he added.

"My goal is try to be ready for the Australian Open and I think I'm on the way to make that happen but of course I can't take a lot of risk being the first match after a lot of months and especially after the surgery". And this is what you want to see in sport - young players showing their courage and stepping up.

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