Written by Peter Gehr Senior Tennis Editor
Tennis: Novak Djokovic, Rafael Nadal, Roger Federer compete in Abu Dhabi Clash. Interesting that the three world men’s tennis champions, come from countries beginning with an “s,” Serbia, Spain and Switzerland. Perhaps much more interesting is the fact that these men are friends, but once on the court, the man across the net becomes a rival and the warrior kicks in to defeat his opponent—no matter who he is.
Djokovic is ready for a new season, and speaks positively about continuing his domination and a repeat of his spectacular achievements of 2011.
Nadal, pushing himself to do more in the 2012 season believing he can and says, “I will be nearly back to winning things again.”
Federer has said that he usually does well in a new season if he finishes the previous season victoriously. And so he did, and we shall see if he continues his winning streak from 2011. Always seeking to improve, the Swiss tennis star says, “The minute you decide, or think that you cannot improve, is the time that you should stop playing.”
With this star studded line-up of tennis greats, it proves to be a clash of the tennis gods for the Mubadala World Tennis Championships.
Tennis: Novak Djokovic, Rafael Nadal, Roger Federer Compete in Abu Dhabi Clash
ABU DHABI (AFP) – Novak Djokovic, Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer meet in a US$250,000 (S$324,300) three-day exhibition tournament in the Gulf’s winter sun from Thursday, eager to strike early blows ahead of the 2012 season.
In the new year, world number one Djokovic will defend three Grand Slam titles and Nadal will look to hang on to his Olympic title and French Open crown, while Federer, despite nearing his 31st birthday, is keen to extend his impressive late run in 2011.
Djokovic won three of the four Grand Slams and five Masters this year and assembled a 70-6 winning record. His progress towards the end of the year was slowed by a series of back and shoulder injuries, but the Serb insists he is well rested as 2012 approaches.
‘This year’s success gives me a reason to believe that I can win again. Why not?’ said the Serb, who has been based in Abu Dhabi for the last two weeks. ‘I think it doesn’t make any sense to be anything other than optimistic. I need to believe in my qualities and my abilities and I need to believe that I can repeat the success.’ Click here to visit the original source of this post
From the 29th through to the 31st of December, keep your eyes on the battle waging in Tennis: Novak Djokovic, Rafael Nadal, Roger Federer compete in Abu Dhabi Clash. Fans anticipate gripping tennis and the mental game already begins to play out in the minds of these worthy and formidable participants. Serbs, Spaniards and the Swiss are not the only proud countrymen to watch with bated breath. We’ll all be anticipating brilliant court performances and the world will be watching to see who emerges victorious.
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