Nadal Takes Mubadala World Tennis Championship Title for a Third Year

It was jubilation for the Abu Dhabi crowds as Rafael Nadal was crowned king of the Mubadala World Tennis Championship in a victory that could signal the start of a return to the world number five’s best in 2016. Nadal overcame impressive newcomer, Milos Raonic, to win the prestigious Abu Dhabi title for a third year – his first victory here in five years. Zayed Sports City’s International Tennis Centre was packed out with expectant fans ready to see the experienced master of centre court take on a confident debutant who had overcome world number four and reigning French Open champion Stan Wawrinka on his way to the final.
The first set of the night’s showpiece match featured a sublime combination of big hitters from the baseline and perfectly judged drop shots from both sides. A tightly contested first set went with serve to the last, forcing a tie-break that Nadal won 7-2. The second continued in much the same vein until Nadal broke to go 3-1 up. Momentum continued in the Spaniard’s favour and, after a bravely fought battle by the young Canadian Raonic, Nadal eventually claimed victory at 7-6, 6-3.
The Mubadala World Tennis Championship concluded its eighth edition on January 2nd, 2016. Well established as an annual season-opener, the tournament features six of the world’s best players who battle it out at the International Tennis Centre at Zayed Sports City, Abu Dhabi for the prestigious Championship title – and a winner takes-all prize of $250,000 – over three action packed days. From the very first ball hit on centre court, spectators are treated to the equivalent of a Grand Slam quarter final with the world’s best looking to get their tennis season off to the strongest possible start in Abu Dhabi.
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