Novak Djokovic, Rafael Nadal to return to Abu Dhabi

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Novak Djokovic, Rafael Nadal to return to Abu Dhabi

Speaking after his epic final victory over Roger Federer at the All England Club, the 27-year-old Serbian said: “Abu Dhabi has always been very good to me and — of course — I was keen to return and defend my title.

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Published: Mon 21 Jul 2014, 10:16 AM

Last updated: Tue 7 Apr 2015, 9:14 PM

Nadal will be making his sixth appearance at the Mubadala Championship in 2015. — Supplied photo

Nadal will be making his sixth appearance at the Mubadala Championship in 2015. — Supplied photo

World numbers one and two Novak Djokovic and Rafael Nadal have confirmed they’ll return to Abu Dhabi early next year for the season-opening Mubadala World Tennis Championship between January 1st and 3rd.

Having made his debut in the emirate three years ago, recently-crowned Wimbledon champion Djokovic is impressively undefeated at the MWTC and he’ll be looking to continue his all-conquering form and secure a record fourth tournament title in Zayed Sport City.

Speaking after his epic final victory over Roger Federer at the All England Club, the 27-year-old Serbian said: “Abu Dhabi has always been very good to me and — of course — I was keen to return and defend my title.

“The tournament draw the world’s top players and it is crucial for us to keep pushing and testing ourselves against each other, especially at the start of a new season.

“We’re more than halfway through the year now and, with one major secured, I feel that I am on track for a memorable year.

“But, there is plenty more work to be done before we catch that flight to the UAE. “Celebrating the New Year in Abu Dhabi will be very special this time around and I’m hopeful of starting 2015 in the best possible way — with victory at the Mubadala World Tennis Championship.”

One man he may well have to overcome in order to achieve that objective though is his nearest competitor on the ATP World Tour rankings in Nadal.

The 2011 MWTC winner holds a 23-19 head-to-head record over Djokovic, thanks largely to his far superior win ratio on clay (14-4) and grass (2-1).

However, Djokovic has won twice as many matches as Nadal on hard courts (14-7) and the Spaniard will be hoping that deficit dwindles some more in the UAE next year.

“The standards are always high in Abu Dhabi, the crowds are fantastic and there is a real buzz around the city, so returning was an easy decision to make,” Nadal commented from his home in Mallorca.

“It’s the perfect place to start the year and, although there is still a long way to go in this current season, we have to plan ahead and make sure we give ourselves the best opportunities to start the (next) year strong.

“For me, that would be playing the Mubadala World Tennis Championships, where all top players want to play. I hope this year I can win!”

Tickets for January’s Mubadala World Tennis Championship go on sale from midday on Tuesday (July 22nd) at: www.ticketmaster.ae <http://www.ticketmaster.ae> and all Virgin Megastores or by calling: 800 TM UAE (86 823). An exclusive, 24-hour pre-sale will begin at midday on Monday (July 21st) for FLASH Entertainment members* (*FLASH members are all people that registered their email address when purchasing a ticket to a FLASH concert).

Prices start from Dh50 for upper bowl seating, with exclusive premier hospitality packages also available, including food and beverage offers, star player meet and greets and premier stadium seating.

F1 ticket holders redeeming their Y1 Access benefits will benefit from a 20 per cent discount on Category Two tickets. Y1 Access is the money off advantage programme for buyers of tickets to the 2014 Abu Dhabi Grand Prix and extends across a selection of major FLASH concerts and events from the time of purchase until February 2015. For more information, visit the official website at: www.mubadalawtc.com <http://www.mubadalawtc.com> or the corresponding Facebook page at: www.facebook.com/mubadalaworldtennischampionship


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