Novak Djokovic had to withdraw ahead of his Abu Dhabi exo final against Andy Murray. In a statement, the Serb said he was fighting a fever and was disappointed that he was unfit to compete against friend and rival Andy Murray.
“Unfortunately, I am not able to play in the final in Abu Dhabi. I’ve been sick today with a fever and I am not fit to play.
“I’ve had another great week in Abu Dhabi,” he went on. “I love being part of this tournament and I’m really disappointed not to be able to take my chance of winning the trophy here again. Conragrtuations to Andy, it’s a shame I couldn’t play him today but I’m sure we’ll meet again soon.”
Ironically, it was Murray who was under an injury cloud entering the final after the Scot hurt his shoulder yesterday. But Murray was apparently ready to play today.
Djokovic is scheduled to be in Doha next week along with Rafael Nadal.
In the consolation round, after winning just two games against Murray Friday, Nadal played better in a 76, 63 win over Wawrinka.
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