Djokovic and Nadal Speak out on Andy Murray Situation

Nadal underwent surgery on his ankle to remove an loose intra-articular body in November

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. When you play someone like this at this level you want to win.

Murray is in the top half of the draw, where Spain's Rafael Nadal could lie in wait at the semi-final stage.

Three-time Grand Slam victor Murray only played six tournaments last season and arrived in Australia early to acclimatise and prepare as he continues his recovery from hip surgery.

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.

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.

And it seems that in his time off, he has changed his serving style, possibly as a result of the knee and subsequent ankle injuries.

"Men's tennis is as good as it can be in terms of competition, in terms of personalities". However, in the 12th game, Anderson found himself 15-40 down and this time the Serbian made no mistake as he took his second match point to seal his fourth title at Abu Dhabi.

"There are still things that I want to achieve", he said. The fact he had missed the MWTC in 2017 also played on his mind. I played three good matches and it is always a great way to start the new season. "It was a goal to be here, I tried hard to be here after surgery not too long ago". It's different in the last couple of years.

Nadal and tour players Andy Murray, Nick Kyrgios, Kei Nishikori and Tsonga promoted the Brisbane International this morning with a light-hearted group picture with New Year's Eve glasses and hats.

Players suffer a lot from marathon fifth setters.

After receiving his Championship trophy, Djokovic said: 'I'm really happy to have a match like this.



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