Rafael Nadal has made it clear that he is going to participate in the Mubadala Tennis Championship which is going to be played from 27th to 29th of December at Abu Dhabi International Tennis complex. Earlier, there were a few reports that Nadal had still not fully recovered and he might opt to withdraw his name from Mubadala Tennis Championship as well. But, the Spanish superstar has denied all those reports.
Nadal hasn’t played any match after losing the second round match in the Wimbledon Championship against Lukas Rosol of Czech Republic. The Mubadala tennis Championship will be his first tournament in the last six months.
When asked whether he would participate in the Mubadala Tennis Championship or no, Nadal said, “Yes, I am going to Abu Dhabi to play this tournament. I have regained complete fitness now and I am eagerly waiting for this tournament to start. I have won this tournament a couple of times in the past. I hope that I would do well this time around as well and would start the season on a winning note.”
When asked if he is a bit low in confidence after having been out of the game for such a long time, Nadal said, “Not really. I have been practicing since the last couple of weeks and I have been hitting the ball quite well. But, practicing and playing against a top player are two different things. But, I have faith in my abilities and hopefully, I would put up a good performance in my comeback tournament.”
When asked about his goals in the next season, Nadal said, “I am not thinking too much ahead at this point of time. I will take one tournament at a time. Right now, I am focussed on performing well in Abu Dhabi and then, I will look forward to the Australian Open.”
Rafael Nadal’s countryman, David Ferrer, has defeated Radek Stepanek of Czech Republic in the first rubber in the final of the Davis Cup. With this victory, Spain has now got ahead by 1-0. Ferrer won the match in the straight sets by 6-3, 6-4, 6-4.
Spain has already won the Davis Cup thrice in the last four years and five times overall. The way Ferrer played in the first match; it seems that it would be pretty tough for the Czech Republic to stop Spain from winning its sixth Davis Cup title.
Ferrer was appointed as the captain of the Spanish team before the final because the regular captain Rafael Nadal was injured. The Spanish no. 2 led his team from the front. He defeated Stepanek with ease.
In the first set, both the players started pretty steadily and there were no breakthroughs in the first seven games. At the end of the seventh game, the score was 4-3 in the favour of Ferrer.
Ferrer managed to sneak a breakthrough in the eighth game and then, wrapped up the first set by holding his service in the next game.
In the second set, both the players broke each other’s service once in the first eight games and at the end of the eighth game; the scores were levelled at 4-4. The Spanish skipper got another breakthrough in the ninth game and then, like the previous set, he served out the next game to seal the second set as well.
In the third set, Ferrer was off to a brilliant start. He broke Stepanek’s service twice in the first seven games and was ahead by 5-2 at the end of the seventh game. Although Stepanek bounced back by sneaking a breakthrough in the eighth game and holding his service in the ninth game, but, that didn’t prove to be enough. Ferrer served out the 10th game and finished off the match.
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