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2010 Abu Dhabi - Nadal overcame Czech Tomas Berdych in straight sets

Posted on December 31, 2010 at 3:13 PM







The top-ranked Nadal beat Tomas Berdych 6-4, 6-4.


Nadal struggled against the sixth-ranked Berdych's serve at the start before breaking for a 5-4 lead with a forehand into the corner. He clinched the set with another forehand winner.


Nadal, the defending champion from Spain, jumped out to a 4-1 lead in the second, breaking Berdych twice before the 25-year-old Czech took the next two games to make it 4-3. But Berdych's comeback fell short and Nadal closed out the match with a forehand that the Czech returned into the net.


"It was a very good match as the first of the year and against a very good opponent like Tomas," Nadal said.






 

 


Czech Tomas Berdych returns the ball to world number one Spanish Rafael Nadal during their

Mubadala World Tennis Championship semi-final match in Abu Dhabi on December 31, 2010.




What Tomas said after their match:


Berdych admits he had his opportunities but could not make them count.


He said: “In the first set I had a few chances but he served perfectly and took it away. I had a couple of chances later on but then the game he played was incredible."


“I was playing well but he was great and that’s why he is No1."







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