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I can beat Djokovic in future, says Anderson

Kevin Anderson feels proud and happy with the Mubadala World Tennis Championship final he played.

The South African lost to Novak Djokovic in three sets, 4-6 7-5 7-5, and in press conference, he said: ‘I thought I played some really good tennis.

“Overall I am very happy with my overall play. I think I can leave with a lot of positives. I played three competitive matches and I think I played my best tennis today. It would have been nice to win today but I can take a lot out of it.”

Anderson was coming from a five-match win streak in Abu Dhabi having won last year’s title starting from the quarter-finals and having won two matches this year against Hyeon Chung and Rafael Nadal.

This year he had lost to Djokovic in the Wimbledon final and ATP Finals semis both times in straight sets.”I was much better against him today than I was in Wimbledon or the London Finals’, said Anderson. ‘I know my game is getting better and better and I feel it’s at a stage where it’s good enough to beat him.

“I have to play well, take my opportunities, figure things out, but I feel like I’m right there and I think I further proved that to myself today.” Anderson will play the Pune Open next.

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