New Delhi: Former world number one Player Andy Murray defeated Rafael Nadal in 6-3, 7-5 in an exhibition match at the World Tennis Championship exhibition tournament in Abu Dhabi on 18th December to set up a summit clash with Russia’s Andrey Rublev.
Rafael Nadal was making his first appearance since the Washington Open in August due to a foot injury. Rafael said, “Special to be back in a competition at the same time we haven’t played each other in a while. I am Super happy to be seeing Andy playing at this great level.”
The 20-times Grand Slam champion battled in the second set and saved a number of break opportunities, but it was Andy Murray who secured the crucial break at 5-5 before serving out to secure victory.
Andy Murray said, “I and Rafa have played so many tough matches over the years. We both of us have gone through injury troubles and it’s just great to have the opportunity to be with him on the court again.”