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Kevin Anderson beats Roberto Bautista Agut to win Mubadala World Tennis Championship

The tournament ended without many of the stars who had been expected to take part in the six-player event.

Edited by: India TV Sports Desk, New Delhi [ Published on: December 31, 2017 15:15 IST ]
Image Source : GETTY IMAGES Kevin Anderson poses with the trophy after winning his final match against Roberto Bautista Agut

South African tennis professional Kevin Anderson defeated Roberto Bautista Agut of Spain 6-4, 7-6 (7-0) to win the Mubadala World Tennis Championship in Abu Dhabi.

Anderson, the 2017 US Open runner-up to Spaniard Rafael Nadal, played more solidly than Bautista Agut, who failed to rally in the second set on Saturday, reports Efe.

This is the first time Anderson has won the title at the exhibition tournament, which the so-called "Big Four" -- Swiss great Roger Federer, Nadal, Serbian star Novak Djokovic and Britain's Andy Murray -- have dominated.

The tournament ended without many of the stars who had been expected to take part in the six-player event.

Nadal, Djokovic, Switzerland's Stan Wawrinka and Canada's Milos Raonic pulled out.

Organisers resorted to bringing in Murray to play a one-set match against Bautista Agut, who took the place of the injured Djokovic.

The Serbian star was forced to withdraw due to an elbow problem.

(WIth IANS inputs)

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