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Nadal, Soderling Advance to Final of Capitala Exhibition

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Before the start of the Capitala Championships, it seemed like everyone was worried about Nadal’s form, but it looks like it’s Federer that needs to be concerned. Robin Soderling stunned the crowd at the Abu Dhabi International Tennis Complex when he defeated Federer 6-7, 7-6, 6-2.

“I started to struggle a little bit in the third set. I thought he really found his range well. I tried to play a bit more aggressive, try out a few things and change it up, but it didn’t work. It’s about getting in to the rhythm, finding your form, trying out a few things and obviously you do make the wrong decisions at times, especially on a quick court like today,” said Federer who will now face David Ferrer in the consolation match tomorrow.

Soderling was delighted to get his first victory over the number one ranked player in the world and he told the Emirates News Agency “For me, the best way to learn is to play matches against the best. This gives me a lot of confidence for the whole year. I’ve been beating all the top guys so I feel like I really belong up there now. I couldn’t ask for a better start.”

Nadal played well against Ferrer, who wasn’t able to trouble him much. He won the match in straight sets 7-6, 6-3. Soderling, however, stands to be a challenge for Nadal, as he has lost his last two matches against the Swede.

Nadal said: “Robin is a really tough opponent. He’s playing really well with powerful shots. He’s coming with confidence and he finished the season very well and right now he’s one of the best players in the world. I’m looking forward to taking him on again. We are playing against the top players in the world. Sure, it’s good for preparation but at the same time, it’s good for your confidence to play good matches against the best players.”

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