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Djokovic rallies to dethrone Anderson

ABU DHABI Dec. 29 2018- Karen Khachanov of Russia returns to Novak Djokovic of Serbia during the 2018 Mubadala World Tennis Championship in Abu Dhabi the United Arab Emirates, on Dec. 28 Novak Djokovic defeats Kevin Anderson in Mubadala World Tennis Championship final, 30-shot rally on match point, video
Jennie Wade | 01 January, 2019, 15:27

1 fought past last year's victor Kevin Anderson 4-6, 7-5, 7-5 in Saturday's final.

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.

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.

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.

It took World No.1 Djokovic two hours and 14 minutes to prevail over sixth-ranked Anderson in the exhibition tourney here on Saturday, where the Serbian strung together three straight titles in 2011-2013, reports Efe.

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

ABU DHABI Dec. 29 2018- Novak Djokovic of Serbia returns to Karen Khachanov of Russia during the 2018 Mubadala World Tennis Championship in Abu Dhabi the United Arab Emirates, on Dec. 28

"Being honest, I'm satisfied the way I was playing tennis". "For me, tennis is more of a platform now for other things - for the values that I want to share and the messages that I want to give out to the young generation". "I think we had some nice and exciting rallies". Had a few in-roads in his serve game, but couldn't afford to lose my serve games, added the South African. "I can not thank enough the tournament organization for the understanding", Nadal said, adding that he aims to reach optimum form in time for the Australian Open, which begins on January 14. "If you play bad, even if you are 11 or 35 you will not go deep you know".

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

"I started about two weeks ago and I am taking small steps forward".

"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.

"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".

Thiem, who Khachanov had beaten in Thursday's quarter-final clash, was called up as a replacement and the 22 year old beat the world No 8 for the second time in three days.

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