Fantastic news for the tennis fans in Abu Dhabi as Novak Djokovic confirmed his presence at the upcoming Mubadala World Tennis Championship. The event will commence on 19 December till the 21 December.
The Serbian sensation joins a fantastic line-up with the US Open finalists Rafael Nadal and Daniil Medvedev. In addition, the event will show off a clash between Maria Sharapova and her “heir” Amanda Anisimova. Djokovic has won the MWTC 4 times and he will be the defending champion.
John Lickrish, the CEO of Flash Entertainment, the organizer of the event, commented: “Novak’s confirmation is proof of the fact that the Mubadala World Tennis Championship has developed into a premier tournament, attracting the cream of tennis talent from across the world.
Novak is no stranger to Abu Dhabi, having won the title four times and I am confident that he will come into the tournament firing on all cylinders.”
Why Djokovic decided to play the Mudabala World Tennis Championship
“Abu Dhabi is a special place and one where I have tasted success consistently. The courts are great, the spectators know their sport, and the atmosphere is thoroughly enjoyable. The lineup for the tournament is really strong. You always want to play challenging opponents early in the season in order to get a good measure of yourself and I am hoping I can put in place a few things that I have been working on in the off-season.”
Last year, Novak won the tournament after beating Kevin Anderson in the final 4-6 7-5 7-5.
Novak Djokovic’s ranking and performance in 2019
Ranked no.2, the Serbian played his last match on the 12th of November when he lost to Dominic Thiem 6-75 6-3 7-65 in the R in London.
This year the Serbian has a 54-10 win-loss record. Novak has won 5 titles in 2019 at the Australian Open, in Madrid, in Wimbledon, in Tokyo and in Paris. The Serbian was the finalist in Rome.
Nadal in London, ranking, and results in 2019
Currently the world no.1, the Spaniard has a 51-7 win-loss record in 2019. Rafael is currently playing in London where he ousted Daniil Medvedev 6-73 6-3 7-64.
Nadal will fight against Tsitsipas in the Round Robin. The head to head is 4-1 for Nadal.
The last time that they locked horns, Nadal won 6-3 6-4 in the semifinal in Rome on the 18th of May 2019.
Rafael conquered 4 titles in 2019 in Rome, at the French Open, in Montreal and at the U.S. Open. Nadal was the finalist at the Australian Open.
The Spaniard won 84 titles in his career: 20 on hard courts, 59 on clay courts, 1 on indoor courts and 4 on grass courts. (See the list of his titles)
Novak Djokovic and Rafael Nadal played each other 54 times. The head to head is 28-26 for Djokovic.
The last time that they fought against each other, Rafael Nadal won 6-0 4-6 6-1 in the final in Rome on the 19th May 2019.
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