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Nadal, Ferrer, Djokovic And Murray Talk Tennis

posted 27 Dec 2013, 09:08 by Mpelembe   [ updated 27 Dec 2013, 11:49 ]

Rafael Nadal says he played well in spite of losing to David Ferrer, who is "quite happy" with his win over the world's top-ranked star. Novak Djokovic says he exceeded his own expectations in beating Jo-Wilfried Tsonga, while Andy Murray says returning to competition after an injury break is not easy.

ABU DHABI, UNITED ARAB EMIRATES (DECEMBER 27, 2013) (REUTERS) -  Stars at the World Tennis Championship were generally satisfied with their performances after Friday's (December 27) semi-finals and 5th/6th play-off in Abu Dhabi.

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World number one Rafael Nadal lost the first semi-final to Spanish compatriot David Ferrer, but was still pleased with his performance.

"I am quite happy with the way that I played. I think I didn't play bad. I had opportunities. I had break points. I had a few chances in important moments that -- he played well. I was unlucky with one ball; in break point in the second set the ball was out. But I had a few mistakes in some moments -- good points for him if he wants and he converted the chances better than me," said Nadal.

Ferrer said he was consistent after also beating Switzerland's Stansilas Wawrinka on Thursday to get to the semi's.

"I played with Rafael or yesterday with Stan, so I played consistently I would say for moments, so I served good and yes, quite happy," said the world number three.

Novak Djokovic beat Jo-Wilfriend Tsonga in Friday's second semi-final, so will face Ferrer in Saturday's final, watched by the Serbian's new head coach, Boris Becker.

"I exceeded my own expectations considering my game. My performance today was great: the movement, the serve; everything. Obviously in these conditions you need to serve well and -- so I enjoyed it. I enjoyed really much and talked with my team, with my coach, about things I need to do on the court and everybody was happy," said Djokovic.

Wimbledon champion Andy Murray made his return to competition on Thursday after back surgery in September, losing to Tsonga, but then beat Wawrinka in Friday's 5th/6th play-off. Murray said playing five sets in the Australian Open in January will be tough.

"Well in a couple of weeks I need to play five sets and you know, the only way to get used to doing that is by spending time on the court playing matches. So it's probably going to be hard, my body will be stiff, but I guess -- I've trained, I've trained properly. I did all the right rehab(ilitation) and then got quite a few weeks of very good practice in. So it's not going to be easy on my, on my body but, the only way to get conditioned to play matches is by playing matches unfortunately," said Murray.