Anderson stuns Nadal, sets up Djokovic final

Djokovic claims 4th Mubadala title

Djokovic claims 4th Mubadala title

Cape Town - World number one Novak Djokovic won a fourth Mubadala World Tennis Championship title on Saturday, coming back from a set down to beat South Africa's Kevin Anderson 4-6, 7-5, 7-5.

Djokovic, with two breaks, in the sixth and eighth games of the set, strolled to a 6-2 win in the set and secured his passage in the final with a 6-4, 6-2 win.

While the Serbian brushed aside the challenge of ATP-ranked no.11 Karen Khachanov of Russian Federation in straight sets 6-4, 6-2 in the second semi-final, to storm into the final, there was a shock result in store in the first semi, with the South African Anderson stunning the World No.2 Rafael Nadal in three sets 4-6, 6-3, 6-4 in a match that lasted 1 hour and 52 minutes.

But the South African used his powerful serve to good effect and tied the match at two games all.

Djokovic extended his dominance over Anderson, whose only victory in 10 matches against the Serb came a decade ago in Miami.

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It was the match of the tournament and a great clash of top-six rivals, pushing each other to the limits in the last test before they kick off the official season next week in Doha and Pune.

Khachanov said of that setback: "I had a few chances opportunities in the first few games, there was a few times it was 0-30 on his serve. I think we had some nice and exciting rallies". "If you play bad, even if you are 11 or 35 you will not go deep you know. I had one of the best match points I have ever had and I worked hard for the win." . "I am grateful that this season has taught me a lot about myself as a tennis player and as a person".

Earlier in the day, Russia's Karen Khachanov won the third-place match 6-3 4-6 10-3 over Austrian Dominik Thiem, who stepped in for Nadal after the Spaniard chose to skip the contest to avoid aggravating an injury ahead of the Australian Open.

In the super tiebreak, Khachanov raced away to a 5-1 lead aided by a couple of unforced errors from Thiem and didn't face much resistance as he wrapped up the match in 10-3 in an hour and 24 minutes. I was happy with my game tonight and I can leave with a ton of positives.

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