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Abu Dhabi Exhibition Tournament- Rafa starts 2011 there

vn01
12-30-2010, 02:03 PM
Rafa is the defending champion here. I know it's an exho, but all the players try to play at their top level. It's only 5 days before the start of the season.

So, Rafa will meet Tomas Berdych in the 1/2 finals. Discuss! :) VAMOS RAFA!

P.S. Federer will play Soderling/Tsonga in the other SF.

vn01
12-31-2010, 03:02 PM
Rafa defeated Berdych 6-4 6-4 and qualified for the Final for 3rd straight year. He'll play Federer, who defeated Soderling 6-7 6-3 6-3.

Hope, Rafa wins for 2nd time the title. It's an exho, but every win worths it.

Foxy
12-31-2010, 04:17 PM
I was not impressed by Rafa's level of play today. It looks like there is little to no improvement to his backhand, ROS and serve. Where did this USO and Tokyo serve go?

But that said there were some really great rallies and his forehand is as lethal as ever. In the middle of the second set he was literally killing Berdych. I hope he can build up on that mid second set.

Good luck tomorrow, champ. Every win is valuable even the exho ones.

born_on_clay
12-31-2010, 05:07 PM
I was not impressed by Rafa's level of play today. It looks like there is little to no improvement to his backhand, ROS and serve. Where did this USO and Tokyo serve go?

But that said there were some really great rallies and his forehand is as lethal as ever. In the middle of the second set he was literally killing Berdych. I hope he can build up on that mid second set.

Good luck tomorrow, champ. Every win is valuable even the exho ones.

agreed :worship:
Rafa needs to arrive in Melbourne with "calm". Winning over Federer will help for sure :cool:

born_on_clay
12-31-2010, 05:16 PM
Does anyone know when does the final start ? (GMT time please) :)

Foxy
12-31-2010, 07:24 PM
Does anyone know when does the final start ? (GMT time please) :)

It is 1pm GMT.

born_on_clay
12-31-2010, 08:17 PM
It is 1pm GMT.

thanks bro :D

vn01
12-31-2010, 10:28 PM
I'm not happy with his performance too and I think Federer for a favourite tomorrow, but I hope Rafa will raise his level of game and win the match. :)

vn01
01-01-2011, 02:58 PM
Great start of the year for Rafa! :) I didn't expect to win the match, but he did it. VAMOS!

I think he surprised Federer with the way he played- he wasn't so aggressive and played not like he played in 2010. Rafa's game was at most defensive and that surprised Federer. I am happy with his game today.

Good luck in Doha! VAMOS RAFA!!! :worship:

Topspindoctor
01-01-2011, 03:32 PM
Impressed with Nadal's serve. He wins many cheap points with it now. Forehand is absolutely monstrous. Backhand could still use work.

vn01
01-01-2011, 03:56 PM
I think he really has improved his backhand during the pause between the seasons. It can work better, but there are 2 more weeks before AO. VAMOS!

Foxy
01-01-2011, 04:43 PM
Record second straight Abu Dhabi title without losing a single set! Great job! He still needs some improvement on his game. Hopefully Doha will fine tune his game!

vn01
01-01-2011, 05:39 PM
He has an awful draw in Doha! :( Possible QF against Gulbis, SF against Davydenko/Kohlschreiber/Karlovic and Final against Fedclown.

He starts against Karol Beck. Their only meeting was... in Doha 2009, where Rafa wins 6-1 6-2. Don't you think it's a good sign for Australian Open!

born_on_clay
01-01-2011, 05:43 PM
Congrats Rafa for defending your trophy :bowdown:
Good luck in Doha :D

Foxy
01-01-2011, 05:49 PM
He has an awful draw in Doha! :( Possible QF against Gulbis, SF against Davydenko/Kohlschreiber/Karlovic and Final against Fedclown.

He starts against Karol Beck. Their only meeting was... in Doha 2009, where Rafa wins 6-1 6-2. Don't you think it's a good sign for Australian Open!

Yeap, I noticed again Fedmug has an easier draw. It doesn't matter though. It is only important Murray to land in the other side in AO.

Topspindoctor
01-01-2011, 11:26 PM
He has an awful draw in Doha! :( Possible QF against Gulbis, SF against Davydenko/Kohlschreiber/Karlovic and Final against Fedclown.

He starts against Karol Beck. Their only meeting was... in Doha 2009, where Rafa wins 6-1 6-2. Don't you think it's a good sign for Australian Open!

Davydenko coming off a long injury, same with Gulbis, both have been playing like shit. Karlovic hasn't played in like 10 months and Nadal owns Kohli. I actually want him to meet Davydenko to get some revenge for last year.

vn01
01-01-2011, 11:43 PM
I want Davy too, because Rafa is 4-5 H2H against him. He has to improve these stats! :wavey:

Foxy
01-02-2011, 07:22 AM
I want Davy too, because Rafa is 4-5 H2H against him. He has to improve these stats! :wavey:

Yes, I want to see Davy eaten alive like crazy!

born_on_clay
01-02-2011, 11:03 AM
Yes, I want to see Davy eaten alive like crazy!

I'm backing you up guys on this one :devil:

Start da Game
01-03-2011, 04:38 PM
Congrats Rafa for defending your trophy :bowdown:
Good luck in Doha :D

never in doubt, nadal just needed to be fresh and fit.......nadal is the real king of this generation.......whatever federina does, nadal does better........he simply finds answers to whatever federina throws at him........

vn01
01-03-2011, 05:29 PM
never in doubt, nadal just needed to be fresh and fit.......nadal is the real king of this generation.......whatever federina does, nadal does better........he simply finds answers to whatever federina throws at him........

You know what? I came up with the great conclusion that Rafa is equal good on every surfaces. Yes, he's the clay king, but he is fantastic on both grass and hard, too. Yes, he is the King of his generation! :worship: VAMOS!