BBC Sport tennis

IN ASSOCIATION WITH

Related BBC sites

Page last updated at 19:00 GMT, Saturday, 2 January 2010

Rafael Nadal wins Abu Dhabi exhibition title

Rafael Nadal
Nadal begins the ATP season as second seed to Roger Federer

Rafael Nadal dispatched Robin Soderling 7-6 (7-3) 7-5 to clinch the Capitala World Tennis Championship exhibition title in Abu Dhabi on Saturday.

Soderling, who beat Roger Federer to reach the final, had two set points in the first set but lost the tie-break.

The Swede tired in the second set but saved three match points before Spaniard Nadal finished him off.

Nadal earlier hailed the event as the "perfect preparation" for Doha, where the ATP season begins next week.

But it was Soderling, who beat Nadal in their two previous ATP Tour meetings, who began the more aggressive in the opening set.

Nadal saved two set points before forcing a tie-break, which he comfortably won 7-3 on the back of strong defensive work.

Soderling came back from a break down to level the second set at 4-4, then rescued three match points two games later with an angled volley to get to 5-5.

606: DEBATE
OSIRIS

But Nadal was by now well on top and wore down Soderling's resistance to begin 2010 with a title.

"I'm very happy, I played a very good match," said the world number two. "I think Robin right now is one of the most difficult players on the tour to play against.

"This is a very important win for me. I'm playing my best ever on court, probably since Roland Garros last year.

"I've worked very hard and it's nice to start the season like I did. If I still play at this level, I think I have the chance to do good things."

Federer earlier bounced back from the disappointment of losing to Soderling to beat David Ferrer 6-1 7-5 and take third place in the tournament.



Print Sponsor


see also
Soderling seals first Federer win
01 Jan 10 |  Tennis
Murray hopes for Grand Slam boost
31 Dec 09 |  Tennis


related bbc links:

related internet links:
The BBC is not responsible for the content of external internet sites

FROM OTHER SPORT SITES
MaleFirst Mens Magazine Nadal & Federer On Course For Early Showdown - 52 mins ago
Telegraph Federer and Nadal in Qatar semis - 3 hrs ago
STV.tv Federer survives scare, Nadal through in Qatar - 6 hrs ago
ESPN Star 50 Swedes watched Soderling tie - 9 hrs ago
Business Recorder Favourite Soderling knocked out of Chennai Open - 14 hrs ago


BBC navigation

BBC © 2014 The BBC is not responsible for the content of external sites. Read more.

This page is best viewed in an up-to-date web browser with style sheets (CSS) enabled. While you will be able to view the content of this page in your current browser, you will not be able to get the full visual experience. Please consider upgrading your browser software or enabling style sheets (CSS) if you are able to do so.