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World Tennis Championships: Tsitsipas, Nadal to play at Abu Dhabi finals

Stefanos Tsitsipas of Greece returns the ball to Serbia's Novak Djokovic (unseen) in their semi-final match of the Mubadala World Tennis Championship at Zayed Sports City in Abu Dhabi, on December 20, 2019. (Photo by AFP)

Stefanos Tsitsipas has secured his first final at the World Tennis Championships in Abu Dhabi, after beating 4-time champion Novak Djokovic two sets to one. 

Tsitsipas lost the opening set 6-3, but came out firing in the second to open up a 5-1 lead.

Yet Djokovic pulled back and broke the Greek twice to set up a tie-break, where Tsitsipas beat him 7-4 to level the match and force a decider.

Tsitsipas then went up a break in the first game of the third and served well in his next five service games to close out the match at 6-4 with an ace.

In the final showdown on Saturday, Tsitsipas will meet World No. 1, Rafael Nadal who outclassed Karen Khachanov in straight sets.

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