Djokovic hopeful of breaking Federer's grand slam record

Djokovic claims 4th Mubadala title

Serbia's Novak Djokovic celebrates after winning the Mubadala World Tennis Championship against South Africa's Kevin Anderson, December 29, 2018. Djokovic replied that Murray was a great player and that he believed that sooner or later Murray would return to where he belongs.

However, the Serbian World No.1 made good the two break points he had in the twelfth game of the set to finally break the South African's serve to win the set 7-5 and draw the scores at one set apiece.

The season-opening tournament boasts a stellar field, with Kei Nishikori, Nick Kyrgios, Grigor Dimitrov and British No 1 Kyle Edmund also in contention as they prepare for the first Grand Slam of the year at Melbourne Park.

"It's gonna be very interesting to see him back you know", he added.

"Being honest, I'm satisfied the way I was playing tennis".

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On the women's side, Osaka has become hot property after a breakthrough 2018 in which she captured her maiden WTA title in Indian Wells then won the US Open at the expense of Serena Williams, who had a meltdown in the final. The South African saved a break point with a service victor in game four to hang in and he secured a break in the ninth game after a forehand victor, moving 5-4 ahead and taking the set with another good serve in the following game.

Asked if there is a record he dreams of capturing before the end of his career, Djokovic said: "I would lie if I say I didn't want to get to as high as Grand Slam wins number possible".

A right knee injury forced Nadal to retire from his US Open semi-final in early September - his last competitive match.

"There's a new generation of players, Nadal and Federer are still there, [Andy] Murray and [Stan] Wawrinka are coming back, Zverev is the leader of this Next Gen", Djokovic said. Karen Khachanov won 2-1.

"It was a little bit of risk that we don't make it into the beginning of the season, but here we are, practising more or less hard and we are excited to start the new season", he said. However, with Thiem finally breaking the Russain service in the ninth game, he went on to win the next game as well to level scores at one set all.

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