Djokovic wins Abu Dhabi Grand Slam, taking total to 14

Andy Murray will play his first match since pulling out of the China Open in September

Andy Murray will play his first match since pulling out of the China Open in September

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.

Djokovic seemed to be highly motivated to win this high-quality encounter and with the support from the crowd at Zayed Sports City, the 14-time Grand Slam champion eventually converted his fifth match point to seal victory and a prize cheque of $250,000 after two hours and 14 minutes.

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. 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.

"I didn't take them and after a tough game at 4-4 again I missed some shots and he played some good points and he got the break".

"I will not play".

"Being honest, I'm satisfied the way I was playing tennis. I have to accept it, but I'm working for the best".

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"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". I could feel the tension between us, two great competitors. Had a few in-roads in his serve game, but couldn't afford to lose my serve games, added the South African.

World No 2 Nadal also battled injury worries throughout 2018, but enjoyed success as well by winning a record-extending 11th French Open in June and reaching the semi-finals both at Wimbledon and the US Open.

"I'm happy to be back on court here", he said after the loss.

"He is coming back from injury like I am, so we are kind of in the same situation, " said Tsonga, who enters the tournament on an injury-protected ranking.

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). I played three good matches and it is always a great way to start the new season.

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