Greek star Stefanos Tsitsipas is eyeing a top-three finish next season as he hopes to break the rankings stranglehold of Rafael Nadal, Novak Djokovic and Roger Federer.
The trio were challenged to knock down seven giant letters spelling ‘THE BEST’ using only 36 balls, or 12 each – a nod to the 12th edition of the Arabian Gulf’s most intimate tennis experience.
Rafael Nadal inched closer to winning the fifth Mubadala World Tennis Championship title after breezing into the final. Spain’s talisman defeated Karen Khachanov
World No.1 Rafael Nadal once again proved he is the man to beat as he fought back from a set down to overcome Stefanos Tsitsipas of Greece in three tough sets 6-7, 7-5, 7-6 and lift the Mubadala World Tennis Championship title for the fifth time.
Rafael Nadal insists he is not focused on chasing Roger Federer’s record Grand Slam haul, but admits it would be “amazing” if he manages to eclipse the Swiss star’s tally of 20 majors won.
Tennis’ young guns are getting ‘dangerously close’ to breaking the domination of the ‘Big Three’ in the men’s game, (Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic)
"I really work hard to get to this Court as this was my first appearance. I have had very good preparation for the matches. I still feel that I have more stamina and improving with every match. I hope this preparation will continue,” the Czech star said.
Having beaten long-time rival Rafael Nadal in an exhibition match in Cape Town in February, in front of a record crowd of 52,000, Federer has not played since knee surgery at the end of that month.
This week was scheduled to be the second week of Wimbledon, where Federer has won a record eight men's singles titles, but the tournament was cancelled for the first time since World War II due to the coronavirus pandemic.