Djokovic rallies to dethrone Anderson

Djokovic rallies to dethrone Anderson

Nadal will play as many as four matches in Brisbane if he deems it good for his readiness for the Australian Open, from which he withdrew during his semi-final last summer due to injury.

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.

And it turned out to be a tensed affair, with Djokovic rallying from one set down to prevail 4-6 7-5 7-5 over the reigning Wimbledon finalist to emerge victorious after battling out for nearly two hours and 30 minutes.

Anderson noted that he was not expecting the star to serve in the way he did.

Djokovic, with two breaks, in the sixth and eighth games of the set, strolled to a 6-2 win in the set and secured his passage in the final with a 6-4, 6-2 win.

"I've seen him playing a lot throughout the years and he's sort of changed that motion a few times".

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

"They are different opponents and different styles of play and to play real matches with them here has been great for me".

"I really tried to simulate match conditions as much as I could and, in the end, I didn't create enough opportunities on his serve". 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. "If you play bad, even if you are 11 or 35 you will not go deep you know".

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

Former world number one Rafael Nadal said he is excited to return to the court following a hard year hampered by injuries. "It's important to be doing the steps forward, not take a step back".

"For me, it's going to be a big challenge and a big ask to stay at such a high level", he said.

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).

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