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The 2016 tennis season starts with the Mubadala World Tennis Championships

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The annual exhibition tournament Mubadala World Tennis Championships will be the traditional curtain-raiser to the international tennis season. The Mubadala World Tennis Championships will take place from 31st December to 2nd January at the International Tennis Centre in Abu Dhabi.

The Mubadala tournament will start on 31st December with the match between Milos Raonic and Kevin Anderson followed by Jo Wilfried Tsonga vs David Ferrer (finalist in this tournament in 2013). The winner of the match between Raonic and Anderson will play against number 1 seed and Roland Garros champion Stan Wawrinka on 1st January. The winner of the match between Tsonga and Ferrer will clash against 14-time Grand Slam campion Rafa Nadal, who won in Adu Dhabi in 2010 and 2011 and finished runner-up to Andy Murray in 2009.

Tsonga reached the semifinals at the Roland Garros and the quarter finals at the US Open and finished runner-up to Novak Djokovic at the Shanghai Masters 1000 tournament.

“I am really enjoying my tennis, feeling good and there is a lot to look forward to. Abu Dhabi is a tournament which can kick start my season right from the beginning so I am excited for the challenge. In previous years of the Mubadala World Tennis Championships I have met so many supportive fans and young people, who are passionate about tennis and it’s great to see the enthusiasm for the sport. I am looking forward to getting back to the UAE capital and seeing the fans again. It’s looking like another exciting year of tennis for the UAE crowd and what better way for them to celebrate the New Year”, said Tsonga.

Kevin Anderson, who reached the quarter finals at the US Open this year after beating Andy Murray and defeated Stan Wawrinka at the Round of 16 at the Queen’s, will make his debut at the Mubadala World Tennis Championships.

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(VIDEO) What A Weekend For Italian Tennis!

Ubitennis founder Ubaldo Scanagatta looks back on this week’s action on the ATP Tour.

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Jannik Sinner – ATP Halle 2024 (foto via Twitter @atptour)

It has been a memorable Sunday for Italian tennis with the country winning two titles on the ATP Tour. 

In Halle, world No.1 Jannik Sinner claimed his first trophy on the grass with a hard-fought two-set win over Hubert Hurkacz. There was also success in the doubles tournament with top seeds Simone Bolelli and Andrea Vavassori winning the title. Meanwhile, in London, Lorenzo Musetti was unable to make it a hatrick of wins for his country after losing in the final of the Cinch Championships to Tommy Paul.  

So how much can be read into these wins and should we be expecting similar results at Wimbledon which begins a week tomorrow? 

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Jannik Sinner reaches the first grass final of his career in Halle

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Jannik Sinner overcame Zhang Zhizhen 6-4 7-6 (7-3) to reach the first final of his career on grass at the Terra Wortmann in Halle. Sinner achieved his best result on this surface when he reached the semifinal at Wimbledon in 2023. 

Sinner will face a final against his friend Hubert Hurkacz, who beat Alexander Zverev 7-6 (7-2) 6-4 in the first semifinal. The Italian player converted his only break point in the ninth game and fended off the only break point he faced at 5-6 in the second set with a forehand winner, one of his winners of the match. 

The Italian player earned an early mini-break to take a 2-0 lead. Zhang Zhizhen pulled the mini-break back. Sinner earned two mini-breaks in the fourth and eighth points to win the tie-break 7-3. Sinner won the first of the four tie-breaks he played this week.

Sinner finished the match in straight sets after clinching three consecutive three-set wins at the start of his campaign at this year’s edition of the Terra Wortmann in Halle. 

The world number 1 player won three titles on hard court at the Australian Open, Rotterdam and Miami this year. 

“It means a lot. I had four tough matches to go to the final. It was a good match today. Definitely more rallies than yesterday. And that’s definitely what I needed today. I am happy and let’s see what’s coming tomorrow”, said Sinner.  

Earlier this week Zhang Zhizhen had previously beaten Danil Medvedev in the second round and came back from 2-5 down to beat Christopher Eubanks in the quarter finals. 

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Hubert Hurkacz beats Alexander Zverev to reach the second final of his career in Halle

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Hubert Hurkacz moved past this year’s Roland Garros finalist Alexander Zverev 7-6 (7-2) 6-4 in 1 hour and 33 minutes to reach the second final of his career at the Terra Wortmann in Halle. Hurkacz will be aiming to win the second title of his career at this tournament two years after his triumph. 

Hurkacz fired 17 aces and saved all four break points he faced in the first game of the opening set to clinch his fifth top 10 win on grass. The Pole won 81% of his first serve points. 

The first set went on serve en route to the tie-break. Hurkacz earned two mini-breaks to win the tie-break 7-2. Hurkacz his only break in the third game of the second set to win the second set 6-4. 

“I really love grass. The game suits my game and the atmosphere here, having the full crowd is incredible. It brings so much joy to the players”, said Hurkacz. 

Hurkacz improved to 1-3 in his head-to-head matches against Zverev. The Polish player will aim to clinch the ninth ATP Tour title of his career in his 11th ATP Tour final. 

Hurkacz won the Halle tournament in 2022 and reached the semifinal at Wimbledon in 2021. 

Zverev holds a record of 37 wins to 11 defeats this season. 

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