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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Yesterday when he posted my surprise at his choice to suddenly play in Doha I wanted to state its a bad choice since from previous experience to my favourite Rafael Nadal, you can easily pick up fevers, viruses since the travel can affect you: switching from middle east to Australia climate takes time for the body to adjust. That said: this is sad news, clearly unfortunate and I wish him a speedy recovery. I also think he’d be wise to skip Doha and revert to his old, tried, tested and successful routine of going to Australia now. There’s no point toiling in the middle east with a virus and then giving yourself a mere week to adjust for Australia when you really do not have to. It’s his decision ultimately and he’s intelligent enough to make the right call I am sure. Speedy recovery Novak.
January 3rd, 2015 at 10:22 am