Novak Djokovic: Djokovic to face Bautista Agut in Abu Dhabi comeback | Tennis News
ABU DHABI: Former world primary and 12-time main winner Novak Djokovic will face Spain’s Roberto Bautista Agut in his first match in nearly six months on the Mubadala world championships on Friday.
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Bautista Agut, the world quantity 20 from Spain, arrange the showdown towards Djokovic by seeing off flamboyant younger Russian Andrey Rublev 7-5, 6-2 on Thursday.
Djokovic hasn’t performed since retiring from his quarter-final at Wimbledon towards Tomas Berdych in July with an elbow harm.
The 30-year-old will make his comeback on Friday earlier than launching his aggressive marketing campaign as high seed on the Qatar Open subsequent week.
Bautista Agut, 29, took benefit of the hard-hitting Rublev’s quite a few unforced errors to win in 88 minutes.
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Rublev was damaged twice in every set and regardless that he saved 4 match factors within the eighth recreation of the second, his aggression as soon as once more price him as he netted a robust forehand to finish the match.
Bautista Agut has received simply one in all seven matches towards Djokovic, now ranked at 12 on the earth, in his profession.
South African world quantity 14 Kevin Anderson offered the primary upset of the three-day Abu Dhabi occasion, defeating the 10th ranked Spaniard Pablo Carreno Busta within the opening match on Thursday.
The 31-year-old Anderson has by no means misplaced to Carreno Busta on the ATP Tour, having fun with a Three-Zero benefit over his rival, together with a semi-final win on this 12 months’s US Open, and he by no means seemed in hassle with an assured 6-Three, 7-6 (7/2) win.
Anderson broke Carreno Busta early within the second recreation of the opening set, after which his aggression paid off within the second-set tie-breaker as he earned a spot within the semi-finals on Friday towards world quantity 5 Dominic Thiem of Austria.
“It was a very good begin for me. The court docket right here is much like those in Australia they usually use the identical balls. I’ve labored onerous on my recreation through the pre-season and to have the ability to put a few of these issues right into a match state of affairs and succeed, was a very good feeling,” stated Anderson as he builds in direction of the season’s first Grand Slam in Melbourne subsequent month.
One other spotlight of the UAE event would be the comeback of former ladies’s primary Serena Williams on Saturday.
The 36-year-old American, essentially the most profitable participant within the Open period with 23 Grand Slam titles, performs French Open champion Jelena Ostapenko in a match scheduled to be held earlier than the lads’s closing.
Williams was final seen in motion profitable the Australian Open this January. She then took a sabbatical to present start to her first youngster, Alexis Olympia, in September.