Published: Tue, January 01, 2019
Sport | By Patty Hardy

Novak Djokovic shares amusing moment with son Stefan during Abu Dhabi final

Novak Djokovic shares amusing moment with son Stefan during Abu Dhabi final

The Russian had been due to play Rafael Nadal in a play-off for third place, but that had been cancelled after the Spaniard had withdrawn from the event on Friday night to rest following his semi-final loss to Kevin Anderson.

Serbia's Novak Djokovic and South Africa's Kevin Anderson pose at the end of the Mubadala World Tennis Championship 2018 in Abu Dhabi, on December 29, 2018. The South African saved a break point with a service victor in game four to hang in and he secured a break in the ninth game after a forehand victor, moving 5-4 ahead and taking the set with another good serve in the following game. Atmosphere heated up on an nearly fully packed Centre Court when the 31-year-old Serbian pushed the match the distance with a break in the 12th game of the second set.

"Men's tennis is as good as it can be in terms of competition, in terms of personalities, it's good to see new faces", he said after his fourth title victory on Saturday in the UAE capital.

Nadal admitted that he needed to take it game by game on his comeback, and suggested he would not be pressured into pushing his body too much. "I have to accept it, but I'm working for the best". Had a few in-roads in his serve game, but couldn't afford to lose my serve games, added the South African. "I think we had some nice and exciting rallies". "We weren't expecting to play two hours and 30 minutes just before the start of the season", said Djokovic who is building towards an assault on a possible seventh Australian Open title next month.

Novak Djokovic defeats Kevin Anderson in Mubadala World Tennis Championship final, 30-shot rally on match point, video

Former world number one Rafael Nadal said he is excited to return to the court following a hard year hampered by injuries. I played three good matches and it is always a great way to start the new season. "It's important to be doing the steps forward, not take a step back".

Breaking Thiem in the very first game of the match, Chung went on to break the Austrian's serve again in the fifth game before finally taking the set 6-2.

Nadal, who won his 17th Grand Slam at the French Open in June, said he was happy with his progress "but of course I need to prove myself in competitions and hopefully, playing here will help me take the first steps".

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