Novak Djokovic hits practice court with Goran Ivanisevic in Dubai

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Novak Djokovic hits practice court with Goran Ivanisevic in Dubai

World no. 2 Novak Djokovic delivered another notable season despite the fact he couldn't finish at the top like in the previous year, losing the year-end no. 1 battle with Rafael Nadal at the ATP Finals. After that heartbreaking loss at the Davis Cup Finals against Russia, Novak spent some time in Bali, embracing the local culture and gathering energy for the new challenges in 2020 when he wants to regain the ATP throne.

The 16-time Major champion started the preparations at home in Monte Carlo before traveling to Dubai with Goran Ivanisevic, shaping up his game ahead of the pre-season test at the Mubadala World Tennis Championship. Novak will seek the fifth crown in Abu Dhabi together with Rafael Nadal who is in the draw as well, with two legends having to beat the names like Stefanos Tsitsipas, Karen Khachanov, Andrey Rublev and Hyeon Chung if they want to set the final clash on Saturday.

After that, Novak and Rafa will defend the national colors at the ATP Cup between January 3-12, chasing more points in the battle for the no. 1 spot that should reach its first big point at the Australian Open where they competed in the final back in January.

Novak and Rafa were engaged in a tight battle for the no. 1 spot, with Novak holding it until the first week of November when Nadal took charge and finished the year as the leading figure of men's tennis. Two rivals were neck and neck in the ATP Race, with small ups and downs for both but consistent and steady campaigns that kept them in front of Roger Federer and the young guns, sharing all four Major crowns and four out of nine Masters 1000 trophies.

In the end, it all came down to the ultimate clash in London where they both failed to reach the semis, leaving Nadal with 840 points advantage ahead of the new season and the possible meetings at the ATP Cup and Melbourne.