Russian Andrey Rublev He opened the 2022 tennis season in the best way with the triumph in the exhibition tournament Mubadala World Tennis Championship in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates: beat Briton Andy Murray in the final 6-4, 7-6 (2).
The Muscovite rounded off his good season in a good way. After the triumph with Russia in the Davis Cup played a few days ago in Madrid, he achieved his first success in Abu Dhabi, a traditional event for this time of year.
It took the fifth player in the world an hour and 36 minutes to win and inscribe his name in the history of the competition that the British won twice: in 2009, the first edition, and in 2014.
Murray has evolved since announcing his retirement in January 2019 due to a hip injury that underwent surgery twice. It was not enough to prevail over a top 5 for the Briton who lives with a metal prosthesis and who has shown a certain progression, especially in the middle of the season that ends, with the quarterfinals in Stockholm and Metz, his ceiling in the 2021.
First turn, Rafael Nadal lost to Canadian Denis Shapovalov, in the game for third and fourth place, 7-6 (4), 6-3 and 10-6 after two hours of play, in which the Spanish made progress in his feelings despite the defeat.
The speed of the court on which the 13th edition of the “Mubadala Tennis World Championship” is held, did not help a Nadal who was in search of good feelings on his return to tennis four months later.