Happy tennis New Year! Or not. . .
“So far, so good!” said Robin Soderling of his 2010 season after scoring his first ever victory (in 13 tries) against Roger Federer. The Swede beat the Swiss 6-7 (6-8), 7-6 (7-1), 6-2 on Friday in the semifinals of the Capitala World Tennis Championship exhibition tournament in Abu Dhabi. Roger, who was playing in his Rolex watch and with his new Wilson racquet, seemed happy enough in the post-match interview.
Here’s more from Federer on his first match and first loss of the new season (via The National):
“For me, it is not easy to start a season against such a good player,” said Federer. “Last year, bang: Murray. This year, bang: Soderling. Both matches have been close, but losing is down to a lack of match play and it is all about getting into the rhythm, trying out a few things, making a few wrong decisions, especially on a quick court like this one.
“But it was good practice and with a crowd it is just so much more fun to play and you can build up momentum.
“You go for a lot more crazy shots than you would in practice and sometimes maybe get a little carried away.”
Soderling’s victory sets up the next best thing to a Nadal vs. Federer final: a Nadal vs. Soderling grudge match! (Rafa made his successful 2010 debut with a straight set victory over countryman David Ferrer on Friday.) The finalists’ head to head is almost tied, with Rafa holding the slight 3-2 edge over Soderling, but Robin has beaten Nadal the last two times they’ve played.
Here are some highlights from the first set of Ferrer vs. Nadal:
. . .and the second set:
Tennis Channel will be showing the Abu Dhabi final (on tape) on Monday, January 4th from 8:00 am – 10:30 am, Eastern.
I’ve included some live streaming options below (I can’t guarantee anything, but these sites do seem to be showing the tournament). The Soderling vs. Nadal final is scheduled for Saturday, January 2 at 5pm, local time, or 8am on the East Coast of the United States. Ferrer will play Federer for third place in a match scheduled for 3pm.
CHANNELSURFING Free Live Tennis Stream:
MYP2P stream Free Live Tennis Stream:
ATDHE.net Free Live Tennis Stream: