Anderson stuns Nadal, sets up Djokovic final

Marcus Newton
January 1, 2019

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.

Serbia's Novak Djokovic holds the trophy after he beat South Africa's Kevin Anderson in the final match of the Mubadala World Tennis Championship in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates on December 29.

It took world No.1 Djokovic two hours and 14 minutes to prevail over the South African world No.6 in the exhibition tournament in the UAE capital on Saturday, where the Serbian also strung together three straight titles in 2011-2013. Atmosphere heated up on an nearly fully packed Centre Court when the 31-year-old Serbian pushed the match the distance with a break in the 12th game of the second set.

He said he still had some pain, but "I'm in a better place than I was a few months ago".

"OK, I played against Dominic twice and once against Novak", he said of his schedule.

"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.

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Nadal admitted that he needed to take it game by game on his comeback, and suggested he would not be pressured into pushing his body too much. "We had some nice and exciting rallies with powerful shots", said Khachanov, who will start the 2019 ATP-Tour in Doha next week. 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.

That break by the Russian, which came in the ninth game of the first set, put both the players back on serve.

"For me it's going to be a big challenge and a big ask to stay at such a high level, it's very demanding especially as a family man". I am just making sure I am moving forward and it's not a step backwards. Honestly this is a ideal way to start the season.

Rafael Nadal will hit the practice court at the Queensland Tennis Centre later today as he looks to build an Australian Open preparation.

Breaking Thiem in the very first game of the match, Chung went on to break the Austrian's serve again in the fifth game before finally taking the set 6-2.

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