Delayed start to 2018 tour due to injury — Novak Djokovic


Aside from an exhibition match against Roger Federer back home in Scotland last month, Murray has not played since losing to Sam Querrey in the Wimbledon quarterfinals in July. It certainly was not at its peak during today's match, but Murray's movement and quality of shot improved as the match progressed, which is mentioned in his post-match interview.

"I am terribly disappointed that I am forced to withdraw from the Mubadala World Tennis Championship", Djokovic said in a statement.

Do YOU want to write for GiveMeSport? Unfortunately, in the past few days I started to feel pain in the elbow. Still insisting that he planned to play his first ATP competition in Brisbane next week, several tennis experts were thinking he wasn't fit enough and should put plans to enter competitive tennis back on hold.

"I am very sad because I was eager to return to playing official matches", Djokovic continued.

Footage has already emerged of Murray practising in Abu Dhabi, where he arrived late on Wednesday night.

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Andy Murray came to the rescue once more to play an exhibition set at the Mubadala World Tennis Championships after Novak Djokovic withdrew. But he arrived in the city Thursday, set to practice with some of the players in the event. I thought he struggled when Bautista Agut took the rally into his own hands and made Murray question his usually superior footwork and agility around the court.

Andrey Rublev of Russia secured fifth place in the six-player tournament by beating Pablo Carreno Busta of Spain 6-4, 6-2.

The highlight of what has traditionally been a men's exhibition tournament will be the comeback match of the former women's No1 Serena Williams on Saturday.

The 29-year-old Spaniard, who won titles in Chennai and Winston-Salem, and Djokovic, who is coming off an injury-marred 2017 season, will face on Friday. There is no indication when we can expect him to return to competitive tennis, based on the prognosis on his problematic elbow. She gave birth to her first child, a daughter, in September.