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Abu Dhabi, UAEMonday 18 June 2018

Timeframe: Mubadala World Tennis Championship still serving it up after a decade

Nine years on, the tournament has come a long way since Andy Murray beat Rafael Nadal in the first year of the championship

AFP
AFP

This photograph of Andy Murray was taken in January 2009. The tennis ace was on his way to winning the inaugural Capitala World Tennis Championship (now the Mubadala World Tennis Championship) at Abu Dhabi International Tennis Complex.

Nine years on, the tournament has come a long way since Murray beat Rafael Nadal 6-4, 5-7, 6-3 that first year – quite the feat considering the line-up included Roger Federer, Nikolay Davydenko, Andy Roddick and James Blake.

Women have been added to this year’s programme, with Serena Williams making her debut this weekend in a match against Jelena Ostapenko. Williams adds firepower to the event following the withdrawal of key players Nadal, Milos Raonic and Stan Wawrinka from the men’s draw. Meanwhile, Murray made a surprise appearance on court on Thursday.

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