Shielding champion Rafael Nadal traveled to a 6-0 6-4 triumph over Tomas Berdych in the opening round of the Mubadala World Tennis Title on Thursday, having prior delighted in an on-court kickabout with Emirati football pro Omar Abdulrahman.
The Spaniard overwhelmed Berdych in the principal set, dashing to a 1-0 lead in only 26 minutes. Berdych set up all the more a battle in the second however was not able discover a path back as Nadal set up a semi-last conflict with Milos Raonic.
Nadal had warmed up for the match with a session of football tennis with Al Ain star Abdulrahman, and the proof shared on Twitter recommended it was Nadal who showed signs of improvement of the experience.
In the day’s other match, David Goffin beat Jo-Wilfried Tsonga 7-6 (7-2) 6-4 and will meet world number one Andy Murray in the last four. Berdych and Tsonga will now challenge fifth place in a play-off on Friday.
Rafael Nadal was in fine shape with both his feet and his racket on the opening day of the Mubadala World Tennis Championship. The Spaniard, who finished last season early on account of a wrist damage, will now play Milos Raonic in the semi-last of the Abu Dhabi presentation occasion.
World number one Andy Murray begins his readiness for the Australian Open at the competition on Friday, confronting Belgium’s David Goffin. Murray had a bye into the semi-finals.