Abu Dhabi - Draw: Rafael Nadal, Novak Djokovic could face off in the final

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Abu Dhabi - Draw: Rafael Nadal, Novak Djokovic could face off in the final

The Mubadala World Tennis Championship draw in Abu Dhabi took place on Wednesday, 28th November. The tennis event, will also feature two women – one of whom is Venus Williams – is taking place for the 11th time and it will be played from Thursday, 27th December to Saturday, 29th December.

On Thursday, the defending champion Kevin Anderson, who defeated Roberto Bautista Agut in last year's final, will face the defending Australian Open champion Hyeon Chung. After that, Dominic Thiem, who is making his second consecutive appearance in the event, will face the world no.

11 Karen Khachanov who ended the 2018 season in style winning the Rolex Paris Masters earlier this month. On Friday 28th, after the fifth and sixth place final, Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic will step on the court. The Spaniard will face the Anderson-Chung match winner, followed by Djokovic who faces Thiem or Khachanov.

On Saturday 29th, the third and fourth place final, and the first and second place final will take place. Nadal will be back practicing next week after having recovered from a foot surgery. Djokovic is currently enjoying holidays in Maldives and he will definitely play after that last year he withdrew at last minute due to an elbow injury.

The tournament winner takes a $250,000 cheque, although all the six players earn a lucrative appearance fee. Nadal will start the ATP Season in Brisbane, while Djokovic will play in Doha. ALSO READ: Rafael Nadal: Worse players than David Ferrer won a Grand Slam title