Novak Djokovic Wins Fourth Mubadala Title; Equals Rafael Nadal's Record

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

The Serbian tennis was competing against Kevin Anderson of South Africa in the final of the Mubadala World Championships, an exhibition tournament in Abu Dhabi.

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.

"Tough match, three-set match, I didn't play sets before here", said Nadal who had not played since a knee problem forced him to retire during his US Open semi-final against Juan Martin del Potro in September.

The women's field includes seven of the world's top 10 - defending champion Elina Svitolina, US Open victor Naomi Osaka, Sloane Stephens, Petra Kvitova, Karolina Pliskova, Kiki Bertens, and Daria Kasatkina.

World number 1 Novak Djokovic has won the Mubadala World Tennis Championship after defeating Kevin Anderson 2 sets to 1.

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!

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"I have great memories out here and of years playing great matches".

"I feel I am not prioritizing success on the tennis court for the sake of success only as I used to do probably until about five years ago", Djokovic said. I think it was the best match point I've ever played!

The 31-year-old Serb is six majors behind Federer and three adrift of Rafael Nadal, but is likely to keep up the pressure on his rivals in the upcoming season considering how he recaptured his dominating form in the second half of this year.

"Positive three days here", Khachanov said of how he had enjoyed his first time at the event at the International Tennis Stadium at Zayed Sports City. And this is what you want to see in sport - young players showing their courage and stepping up.

Nadal's 2018 season was impacted by injury, with the 17-time grand slam champion completing just one hard-court tournament, while he missed the ATP Finals with an abdominal complaint.

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