'How Rafael Nadal's foot going to respond?', says former No.1

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'How Rafael Nadal's foot going to respond?', says former No.1

Andy Murray, a three-time Major winner, completed this year's Mubadala World Tennis Championships, joining Rafael Nadal, Dominic Thiem, Andrey Rublev, Denis Shapovalov and Casper Ruud. The 13th edition of the Mubadala World Tennis Championships takes place at the Zayed Sports City International Tennis Center in Abu Dhabi between December 16 and 18, returning to the calendar after not being held in 2020.

Andy returns to Abu Dhabi for the first time since 2016, seeking the third title after lifting the trophy in the first edition in 2009 and six years later. He does not. 134 of the world played 29 ATP games this season, struggling with injuries in the first part of the season and competing almost every week since August.

Murray lost a thrilling five-set game at the US Open against Stefanos Tsitsipas and reached the quarter-finals in Metz. The Briton defeated two rivals in Indian Wells before losing to Alexander Zverev in two tight sets after more than two hours.

In Antwerp a week later, Andy outscored Frances Tiafoe in three tiebreakers after three hours and 45 minutes, passing another physical test and pushing Diego Schwartzman to the limit before falling in two tight sets. Murray's first win in the top 10 of the season was against Hubert Hurkacz in Vienna, and the second followed in Stockholm against Jannik Sinner.

Andy decided to skip the Davis Cup Finals and finish the season in Abu Dhabi against strong rivals. "I have many happy memories of Abu Dhabi and I am looking forward to coming back. With Emma Raducanu also playing on the first day, we will wave the British tennis flag and look to put on a strong display," said Andy Murray.

Jim Courier talks about Nadal

In a conversation with Tennis Channel, Jim Courier gave his assessment of Rafael Nadal's chances and picked the 13-time French Open champion as the favorite for the 2022 edition of the event.

The Spaniard suffered a foot injury at Roland Garros in June and cut his season short after making just one more appearance - at the Citi Open in August. "For Rafa, how is he going to respond?" Courier continued. "How is his foot going to respond after sitting out a lot of this season trying to fix that after it went out on him at Roland Garros? He's still the favorite at Roland Garros - slightly, slightly, slightly over Novak in my opinion - assuming they're both healthy."