Rafa wins Abu Dhabi

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Photo by REUTERS/Stringer

Today in Abu Dhabi, Rafa defeated Milos Raonic 7-6 (2), 6-3. It might just be an exhibition, but I think this was a great way for Rafa to start 2016. He had wins against two top players who represent very different playing styles.

Didn’t get to see it? You have two choices:

French commentary
Russian(?) and Spanish commentary

Don’t have time for the full match? Try these highlights.

Presser excerpt:

(Posted by Niall McCague)

Enjoy some photos from the match:

Photos by REUTERS/Stringer

5 Responses

  1. Rob says:

    yeah! great Start to the new year for Rafalito; those New years grapes must have been super doooper…

  2. JayDee50 says:

    Exhibition or not, absolutely a great way to start 2016. Those 2 wins must have felt so good, hope they boost his morale and confidence and help to banish the nightmare moments of 2015. So happy for him right now.

  3. beachfan says:

    Totally agree with Miri, as usual. Both matches had the feel of a real tournament, not an exhibition. For those who did not see them live, I especially recommend the Ferrer -Rafa match, especially the first two sets. Really great shotmaking from both players. The fans present really got a treat. Doesn’t it also say great things about both of these two professionals?

  4. CB says:

    Just watched the highlights and it seems clear that all of these players gave it their all, unlike many exhibitions. Rafa looked great! Looking forward to 2016!

  5. jodiecate says:

    Didn’t get a chance to see this match before now. Great to see him start the year in such a positive way. Haven’t seen the Doha match yet either. Hope he can carry the strong play over to the tour matches.