- Title: Djokovic excited to play rising tennis talent
- Date: 19th December 2019
- Summary: ABU DHABI, UNITED ARAB EMIRATES (DECEMBER 19, 2019) (REUTERS) (SOUNDBITE) (English) TENNIS PLAYER, NOVAK DJOKOVIC, SAYING ABOUT UPCOMING TALENT AND NEW RIVALS: "To have new faces winning big tournaments and slams very soon for sure is a positive thing for tennis. It's inevitable for tennis that's going to happen. The change and they're going to take over the top spots of the world very soon from us. We're trying to extend that and prolong that kind of change and them taking over as much as we can but, you know, they're getting stronger each season, they believe in themselves more and you can see that they're improving a lot as the time goes by."
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- Keywords: Abu Dhabi Novak Djokovic Rafa Nadal tennis
- Location: ABU DHABI, UNITED ARAB EMIRATES / MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA / PARIS, FRANCE / LONDON, ENGLAND, UK
- City: ABU DHABI, UNITED ARAB EMIRATES / MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA / PARIS, FRANCE / LONDON, ENGLAND, UK
- Country: UAE
- Topics: Sport,Tennis
- Reuters ID: LVA002BAN7CXR
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- Story Text:Tennis star Novak Djokovic believe it is a 'positive' thing that new talent is rising through the sport to challenge the established top order of players.
Djokovic, Rafa Nadal and Roger Federer have all dominated tennis for more than a decade, but the likes of Stefanos Tsitsipas has a chance to show he can beat them at the Mubadala World Tennis Championship.
Nadal echoed Djokovic's sentiments and said it is going to be 'exciting' to see what the new talent can produce in the tournament taking place in Abu Dhabi, UAE.
Russian competitor Maria Sharapova is also due to appear at the event after a year blighted by injury problems. Her aim, she said, is 'to be the best again' and win majors.
This year's event runs from 19-21 December, 2019, and Djokovic will aim to retain the title he won last year.
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