Thursday, 30 December 2010

Abu Dhabi 2011

I'm sorry for missing a few days of posting but come back tomorrow as there will be more.

The season has kicked off with an exhibition tournament at Abu Dhabi. There are 6 players in the draw:Rafael Nadal, world number 1, Roger Federer, world number 2, Marcos Baghdatis, subject to intensive training recently, Robin Soderling, world number 5, Tomas Berdych, world number 6 and Jo-Wilfred Tsonga, returning from injury.

The draw is in a different style to conventional tournaments. The top 2 seeds, Nadal and Federer, get a first round bye, while Baghdatis faces Tomas Berdych for a place against Nadal and Soderling faces Tsonga for a place against Federer in the Semi-Finals. Today the first two matches have taken place and we have found out who has made it to the semi-Finals.

Berdych beat Baghdatis 6-3, 3-6, 7-5. Berdych stormed to an early lead but Baghdatis levelled in the second set. He was then broken in the eighth game of the last set, immediately breaking back. He then needed to save 2 match points but eventually faltered with a low quality volley, allowing Berdych to go into the Semi-Finals to play Nadal.

Soderling beat Tsonga 6-4, 6-7(5), 6-1. Soderling was in great form, as he brushed aside Tsonga in three sets and will play Federer tomorrow.

Order of play tomorrow (GMT time)

Federer vs Soderling - 11 am

to be followed by

Nadal vs Berdych

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