After being comfortably beaten by David Ferrer, Rafael Nadal has rebounded and beaten Roger Federer 6-1, 7-5 in the Abu Dhabi exhibition championship. Nadal, nursing a shoulder injury, cruised comfortably as he raced to a 3-0 lead before taking the opening set in just 27 minutes.
Federer lifted his level after looking somewhat distracted at the break between sets. Despite getting a 4-3 lead Nadal managed to stay with the Swiss former world number one and leveled the second set at 5-5. Read more »
It’s almost like a warning that we shouldn’t expect too much from former Australian Open champion and current world number two Rafael Nadal when, and if, he arrives in Melbourne for the first Grand Slam of the 2012 season.
Nadal has stated today that he will take all of February off, skipping Dubai, in favour of rest and rehabilitation to a left shoulder injury that has bothered him recently. He sought treatment for the shoulder (apparently a tendinitis) in Barcelona before Christmas. Read more »
Rafael Nadal has apparently been struck by a virus for the third time in 2011 and it looks increasingly likely that the Spaniard will be under a cloud of doubt for the Abu Dhabi tournament which starts January 2. Should Rafa travel to Abu Dhabi, which is expected at this stage, it is unlikely that he will be a favourite due to recent fitness issues.
Last season Nadal started feeling off in the early 2011 exhibition tournaments and instead of resting he kept playing and his virus plagued him throughout the Australian Open. Viruses make athletes more likely to pick up injuries and sure enough Nadal limped away from Melbourne and it took him some weeks to get over his injuries and illness. Read more »
The Abu Dhabi exhibition tournament has been won by Rafael Nadal after he defeated Roger Federer 7-6, 7-6. It seems only fitting that the way the 2010 season ended is the way the 2011 season started, just with a different outcome.
It seemed that throughout the match Federer at times forgot the tactics that saw him defeat Nadal in the World Tour Finals just a few weeks ago. Despite the outcome, the two were in high spirits after the trophy presentation, giggling amongst themselves as they posed for photos. Read more »
After hitting five million fans on Facebook on New Years Eve, Rafael Nadal has set up a finals clash with Roger Federer in the Abu Dhabi exhibition tournament. After recently playing two exhibitions against each other for their individual charities, Nadal and Federer are going to give fans the real thing on the first day of 2011.
Both players were successful in their first games of the season, Federer beating Robin Soderling 6-7, 6-3, 6-3, while Nadal beat Tomas Berdych 6-4, 6-4. Read more »