Rafael Nadal got a nice pre-Australian Open confidence boost, taking out Robin Soderling 7-6 (3), 7-5 in Saturday’s final of the Capitala Tennis Championships exhibition tournament in Abu Dhabi.
Great shot of Xisca’s game face around the 2:15 mark!
Roger Federer played David Ferrer for third place. Fed beat Fer, 6-1, 7-5. (Sorry if the audio is a little out of synch.)
On the ladies’ side, Maria Sharapova beat Venus Williams, 6-3, 6-4, in an exhibition match in Thailand.
The tennis season goes into second gear starting tomorrow, with a combined ATP and WTA event in Brisbane, Australia. Top seeds Andy Roddick and Kim Clijsters are scheduled to play on Sunday, and “Aussie Ana” Ivanovic and Justine Henin are also in the draw (Justine will play Nadia Petrova in her first round match.)
Top seeds Flavia Penneta, Li Na and Yanina Wickmayer at the ASB Classic in New Zealand
Top seeds Robin Soderling and Marin Cilic at the Aircel Chennai Open.
Top seeds Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal and Nikolay Davydenko at the Qatar Open in Doha.
Andy Murray, Elena Dementieva and Melanie Oudin at the Hopman Cup in Perth, Australia (began today)
It’s a tennis explosion! Hope you’re ready for it.