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Nadal Gets His Revenge, Wins Abu Dhabi Exhibition

It seemed like Robin Soderling had Nadal’s number as of late, but the world number 2 got his revenge in the final of the Capitala World Tennis Championship Exhibition where he beat the Swede 7-6 (7-3), 7-5. There were questions surrounding Nadal’s fitness prior to the start of this tournament, but straight set wins over David Ferrer and Robin Soderling has seemed to silence the critics. The attention has now turned to Nadal’s quest to regain the number 1 ranking, which he insists is not his goal for the 2010 season.

Everybody wants the No. 1 ranking, but, believe me, for me it is not my goal for this year. To play competitively throughout and win as many tournaments as I can, that is my goal. To be happy playing, to be healthy and to play like I have played over the last two days,” said the Spaniard to CBC Sports.

The 2nd ranked Spaniard was happy with his exhibition victory, particularly because he had to beat a quality opponent in order to win the title. He told the AFP “It’s very important to start the season on a winning note and because I haven’t won a tournament for over six months. He’s [Soderling] a good competitor and has a lot of potential. It’s normal that he should be in the world top 10.”

Next week, Nadal will play in the Qatar Open alongside Roger Federer and Nikolay Davydenko. The first major tournament of the season is the Australian Open, which begins on Jan. 18.

Note: Roger Federer defeated David Ferrer 6-1,7-5 in the 3/4 place match

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