Djokovic Beats Anderson, Claims Mubadala Championship Title

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Fans were treated to an absolute masterclass from both player's throughout the match as they exchanged powerful baseline rallies that had the crowd whooping with joy! Also present were H.E. Homaid Al Shimmari, Deputy CEO and Chief Corporate and Human Capital Officer, Mubadala and H.E. Sheikh Mohamed Bin Hamad Bin Tahnoon Al Nahyan, Vice Chairman of Abu Dhabi Airports.

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.

Djokovic quickly left the opening set behind him, dominating in his games in set number two to mount the pressure on the other side of the net.

"He is always going to be a number one because he was the number one in the world and a multiple grand slam victor, so he has the number one champion's mentality", said Djokovic in his interview at the Mubadala WTC.

The South African won the first set 6-4, but the 14-time grand slam champion came from behind and took the 2nd 7-5.

In the super tie-break, it was the Russian Khachanov who was all over his Austrian rival, taking it easily 10-3, and the match, 2-1. 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.

This is the 4th time that the Serbian legend wins the title in Abu Dhabi following his triumphs in 2011, 2012, and 2013. "The match (in Abu Dhabi) is a step forward for me, that's the main thing". Anderson was pumped from the beginning and he got me fired up as well. "I am more or less satisfied with how the body held", he said.

"Men's tennis is as good as it can be in terms of competition, in terms of personalities. You also win three Masters 1000s so you can't say this is not a good year, it is a great year", he said.

"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.

"I hope you guys were entertained tonight". "Whether I am capable of that, I don't really know". Games went with serve until the eight game. While the Russian took the first set 6-3, the Austrian drew level when he took the second set 6-4. Overall, I am very happy with my preparations and it has been a positive three days for me. "The season just started for me, it was a goal to be here", Nadal added.

The three-day MWTC, which is now well established as an annual season-opener, attracted thousands of fans who witnessed high-quality tennis action as the players battled it out for the victor takes all prize of U.S. $250,000.



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