Andy Murray said he is savoring the chance of confronting Rafa Nadal without precedent for over five years with the pair because of meet in Abu Dhabi later on Friday.
Murray, 34, beat Dan Evans 6-3 6-2 on Thursday and will confront Nadal for a spot in the last of the display occasion — his first gathering with the Spaniard since the 2016 Madrid Open semi-last when the Scot won 7-5 6-4.
Nadal, 35, last contended in August and has gone through four months uninvolved with a foot injury. He additionally battled with back issues before in the year.”I think the last time we played was five or six years prior, it’s a truly prolonged stretch of time. It shows the sort if battles that I’ve experienced for a couple of years, and him all the more as of late. It’ll be great to play each other once more,” said Murray, who had hip medical procedure in 2018 and 2019.
“I need to play these folks in the greatest rivalries once more, that is something that propels me … Hopefully we can give a decent show for two or three old guys.”The 29-year-old arrived at the semi-finals in Melbourne in 2019, losing to possible hero Naomi Osaka. She arrived at the last at Wimbledon this year prior to a rush to the quarter-finals of the U.S. Open.
“Sadly, I hurt my right hand practically speaking yesterday and I will not have the option to play in Adelaide, Sydney and (the) Australian Open this year,” Pliskova said.
Pliskova is the most recent high-profile player to miss the Melbourne Park major, with Grand Slam champions Serena Williams, Bianca Andreescu and Roger Federer additionally missing.
The Australian Open starts on Jan. 17.