Andy Murray mentioned he’s relishing the possibility of going through Rafa Nadal for the primary time in additional than 5 years with the pair because of meet in Abu Dhabi afterward Friday.
Murray, 34, beat Dan Evans 6-3 6-2 on Thursday and can face Nadal for a place within the last of the exhibition match — his first assembly with the Spaniard for the reason that 2016 Madrid Open semi-final when the Scot gained 7-5 6-4.
Nadal, 35, closing competed in August and has spent 4 months at the sidelines with a foot damage. He additionally struggled with again issues previous within the yr.
“I feel the closing time we performed was once 5 or 6 years in the past, it’s a actually very long time. It presentations the kind if struggles that I’ve been thru for a couple of years, and him extra lately. It’ll be great to play each and every different once more,” mentioned Murray, who had hip surgical procedure in 2018 and 2019.
“I wish to be taking part in those guys within the largest competitions once more, that’s one thing that motivates me … Expectantly we will be able to placed on a just right efficiency for a few previous guys.”