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The Shape of Things To Come?

Posted by gauloises1 on January 2, 2010

Probably not, but without rampant and irresponsible speculation, where would we be? Rafael Nadal and Robin Soderling will face off in the finals of the Capitala World Tennis exhibition in Abu Dhabi tomorrow.

David Ferrer was unable to consolidate his come-from-behind (heh) victory over Nikolay Davydenko, falling to Rafa 67(3) 36 despite having a bazillion break points (numbers not accurate) in the first set. I must confess my hangover kicked in and I snoozed through the second, but I thought Rafa was looking pretty good for the first match of the season – his backhand in particular, which should send a frisson of terror through the rest of the field for the Australian Open.

And give it up for Robin Soderling, who came back from a set and a break down against Roger Federer to claim his first ever victory against the Swiss, 67(6) 76(1) 62. Shame it was an exhibition rather than a tournament that actually, you know, matters, but still.

Federer and Ferrer will play off for third and fourth place at 3 p.m. local with the final following at 5.

4 Responses to “The Shape of Things To Come?”

  1. rulin said

    While I didn’t watch the match, I think that Soderling’s win may be significant. Federer had a huge mental edge in their match-up, and now that Soderling’s won one, that edge is diminished. But who knows, it was an exo after all…

  2. sportsaholic89 said

    Highlights from both matches:

  3. irefusetotellyou said

    Hmm. Well, I like RobSod, but me thinks I’d like Rafa to win this. Perhaps it’ll quell some of the rumor-mongering?

    Although, even if he does — it’s still as you say, Gaulzy: “shame it was an exhibition rather than a tournament that actually, you know, matters.”

  4. sportsaholic89 said

    Definitely…I’m sure Roger will keep telling himself that it was just an exo.

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