The draw is out for the upcoming Abu Dhabi event later this week. The lucrative event features the last two French Open champions, Stan Wawrinka and Rafael Nadal, but because of byes niether will be in action on Thursday.
The first round will see Milos Raonic play Kevin Anderson with the winner to face Wawrinka on Friday. Raonic recently split with coach Ivan Ljubicic who landed in Roger Federer’s camp.
“I’m excited for 2016, I must admit. I’m still young and still improving, and it’s only been two years since I broke into the world’s top-10,” Raonic told the Gulf News.
“My target is to add to my five ATP titles and to climb the rankings even further, but it’s also an Olympic year and I’m keen to do well in Rio. “Hopefully Abu Dhabi can be the catalyst that I need to prepare for a big year.”
Nadal will await the Jo-Wilfried Tsonga vs. David Ferrer victor.
“I think that just shows how important the Abu Dhabi tournament is,” Tsonga told the Gulf News. “Whoever can find their form early enough will be off to a good start ahead of the season’s first Grand Slam tournament in Australia, and for me the Mubadala World Tennis Championship is a unique opportunity to get off to a flyer in 2016.”
The final will be played on Saturday.
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