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Mubadala World Tennis Championships 2013: Novak Djokovic vs Nicolas Almagro Final Preview

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Mubadala World Tennis Championships 2013: Novak Djokovic vs Nicolas Almagro Final Preview
Three Time Australian Open winner Novak Djokovic will take on Spanish no.3 Nicolas Almagro in the final of the Mubadala World Tennis Championship today at the Abu Dhabi International Tennis Complex, here in the UAE.

The defending champion Djokovic started his new season with a bang as he annihilated world no.5 David Ferrer in straight sets yesterday. The world no.1 looked in superb touch in his first competitive match, since he beat Swiss maestro Roger Federer to lift his second season ending ATP World Tour Finals in early November. Even though Ferrer is reknowned as one of the most feisty challengers on the men’s circuit and had dismantled Czech Tomas Berdych before meeting Djokovic in the semis, the Spanish no. 2 was no match to the top seed’s accurate shotmaking from the baseline. Moreover, the Paris Masters victor committed a few weird unforced errors, practically wiping out all his chances in the contest.

In the final on Saturday, the ATP World Tour Champion will be meeting world no.11 Nicolas Almagro, who secured a come from behind victory against Djokovic’s countryman Janko Tipsarevic in the other last four encounter on Friday. Almagro, was a bit subdued in the opening set, but bounced back from the brink of death to accomplish a tough 2-6, 7-6, 6-2 triumph over the world no.9.

The Murcia resident, who replaced clay king Rafael Nadal in the draw after the reigning French Open champion withdrew from the event due to a stomach virus, virtually surprised everyone by his performance against his much fancied opponent Tipsarevic. Yet, he faces an uphill battle in tonight’s centerpiece because in his three career clashes with the five time Grand Slam champion, Nico has failed to capture even a set. Since, their first encounter in 2008 to their most recent fight at the Indian Wells Masters earlier in the year, the pattern of Nojo’s conquest’s over the Spaniard have been quite similar – don’t allow him to lengthen the rallies, come to the net as much you can and keep the points short.

However, Almagro will try to use his trademark ploy – entice Djokovic into committing errors from the baseline, target his forehand and make him work hard for every point. Nonetheless, the Belgrade native is the man to defeat on the hard courts at the moment and is almost certain to outclass and overpower Almagro by constant, persistent striking from the back of the court. Beyond doubt, Almagro is a cunning player, but he does not possess the weapons to trully trouble Djokovic on the faster surfaces like this one.

Moreover, the Serb is in great form at present and only an herculian effort from Almagro can dislodge him from his perch. Such a scenario is highly unlikely, because Djokovic will never be bogged down by the Spaniard as he is just too smart in outmaneuvering his opponents.

TennisEarth predicts an easy straight sets win for the world no.1.     

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