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Nadal defeats Federer in Mubadala 3rd Place Playoff

So Nadal beat Federer in the 3rd place playoff in the Mubadala World Tennis Championship in Abu Dhabi. There's actually very little to report on this match, I was quite disappointed it didn't go to 3 sets as in the second, Roger found some rhythm and started to play quite well.

The first set was awful and Federer started where he left off against Djokovic and he lost it 6-1, he was broken early in the second too, but broke back and played actually pretty solid. He seemed to hit the forehand well, and was moving Nadal about the court. Nadal was able to get the upper hand in some rally's with his forehand, but generally his backhand looked poor, both the drive and slice. At 5-5 Fed saved 5 break points, but eventually handed the break to Nadal, who went on to serve it out with ease.

It's about getting ready and feeling fine out there and enjoying a great atmosphere here and having the chance to play world class players,” Federer said. “Trying a few things, see where you are at and see where the other guys are at.

As I said yesterday, these matches are purely practice and to give something for the fans to watch. You can't learn anything from them really, other than – “Oh, he's looking quite sharp”, I think we will only be able to draw conclusions on Roger's play and slam winning credentials after the first week in Australia, assuming he makes the 2nd week, which I'm sure he will.

Doha starts on the 2nd of January and Roger has been drawn against the ball machine Nikolay Davydenko – I think that's a great first round match and just the sort of test Roger needs, win or lose, he's bound to get into some longish rallies and be able to test out a full range of shots.

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Huge fan of Roger Federer - I'll pretty much try and watch all his matches from Grand Slam level right down to ATP 250. When I'm not watching or tweeting about tennis I play regularly myself and use this blog to share my thoughts on Fed and tennis in general.

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3 comments

  1. Yeah, this really means nothing at all. Not even Doha means that much, and he has a tough draw there with Davydenko in the first round.

    You know when Fed has the watch on, it’s exhibition and he couldn’t care less.

  2. well if this is only a tune up than fed is way out of key. hope he will find his rythem in doha and will show up with all his glory at AO…

    • He was wearing a watch, and generally just treating it like a practice session so he only saw it that way I reckon – slightly annoying if you paid for a ticket though! I don’t think Doha matters a great deal either, Aus is the true test and hopefully he finds form.

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