Nadal finds form with famous forehand

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The Spaniard was in stunning form as he routed his Czech opponent, showing signs that he is closing in on his best tennis.

Nadal, who missed the last few months of the 2016 season due to injury, will face Canadian Milos Raonic on Friday for a place in the showpiece New Year’s Eve Abu Dhabi final.

“Every shot with my forehand, I created something – that’s the way I need to play if I want to have success.

“It was a great match because in all aspects I did well,” the 30-year-old said post-match.


Earlier on day one, Belgian David Goffin cruised past close friend Jo-Wilfried Tsonga to kick-off the tournament in style.







The World No.11 got the better of the Frenchman, winning 7-6 6-4, to book his spot in the semi-finals at Zayed Sports City.


It is there where Goffin will meet World No.1 Andy Murray – a player he has failed to beat in the last five meetings.



“I have played against him many times and it’s always tough. It’s tough to find a weakness in his game and he has been playing amazing tennis for a long time now.


“But it’s a nice match to play here on this Centre Court and I will try to play my best tennis,” the 26-year-old said.


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Raonic, who reached the final of Wimbledon last year, will work with Krajicek after parting company with Spaniard Carlos Moya and John McEnroe in the last 12 months.

“I’m not just going to be content with where I am right now and Richard can help me see where I need to get better and I want to give myself a chance to win my first Grand Slam next year,” the 25-year-old told Sport360 on Thursday.

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Tickets to the 2016 Mubadala World Tennis Championship start from AED 50. Exclusive premier hospitality packages are also available including food and limited beverages, star player meet and greets and courtside seating starting from AED 1,400. Tickets are available from www.ticketmaster.ae and Virgin Megastores.










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Nadal, Murray and Abdulrahman star at Mubadala

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Rafael Nadal was out on the practice courts during the peak midday Abu Dhabi sun, hitting with Belgian David Goffin.

The Spaniard 14-time Grand Slam champion then conducted a coaching clinic with Mubadala youngsters before meeting UAE superstar Omar Abdulrahman for a knock-up on centre court.

Later on during the first day of the event, Andy Murray, who plays on Friday, met fans and signed autographs in the tennis village.

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Tickets to the 2016 Mubadala World Tennis Championship start from AED 50. Exclusive premier hospitality packages are also available including food and limited beverages, star player meet and greets and courtside seating starting from AED 1,400. Tickets are available from www.ticketmaster.ae and Virgin Megastores.


For more information about the 2016 Mubadala Tennis World Championship, visit: www.mubadalawtc.com and www.facebook.com/mubadalaworldtennischampionship





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