03 January 2011

Rafeal Nadal beats Roger Federer in Abu Dhabi exhibition event final

The Spanish Rafeal Nadal beats the Swiss maestro Roger Federer in straight sets in an exhibition event final held in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. This starts Rafa with 2011 on a high note, this also becoming some kind of redemption after losing to Federer in O2 , last year.
Nadal beat Federer by 7-6 (7-4) , 7-6(7-3) in a tough match, where none of the players lost a set but Federer at the most defining moments lost his momentum and gave the game away. Although Nadal was struglling in the first tie breaking and trailing by 3-0 , but thanks to Federer who gave away many unforced errors ,eventually things got Nadal's way. By this Nadal also retains the title at UAE
This was also the fourth time in five weeks these two tennis giants had come tete-a-tete, following ATP World Tour Finals in London , and two charity matches held last December. On the other hand Robin Soderling beat Berdych 6-4, 7-6(7-3) to secure third place.
Federer after the game, appreciated Nadal , about his stroke-making and how he led his game through. Federer said:

"Rafael and myself must have played so many times and so many times it has come down to a few shots here and there. He is an amazing shot-maker. Me as well but today he got the better of me."
"I never lost my serve but I still lost the tournament, it's kind of tough," said Federer.

Nadal on the other hand taking a sigh of relief as he stated 2011 on a winning note, and expects this win to make it a foundation for future 2011 wins. He said:
 "For both of us, these are the first matches of the season. So it is special for us. This is the perfect place to start the season here in Abu Dhabi."


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