Nadal defeats Federer in Mubadala final match
2011-01-02 10:06:05 GMT2011-01-02 18:06:05 (Beijing Time)
Rafael Nadal of Spain and Roger Federer of Switzerland pose with their trophies after their final match during the Mubadala World Tennis Championship at the International Tennis Complex in Zayed Sports City in Abu Dhabi January 1, 2011. Nadal won 2-1.(Reuters Photo)
Spain's world number one Rafael Nadal returns to Swiss tennis icon Roger Federer during their Mubadala World Tennis Champhionshipfinal match in Abu Dhabi. (AFP/Marwan Naamani)
Roger Federer of Switzerland looks up at a replay after returning a shot to Rafael Nadal of Spain during their final match at the Mubadala World Tennis Championship at the International Tennis Complex in Zayed Sports City in Abu Dhabi, January 1, 2011. (Reuters Photo)
ABU DHABI – World number one Rafael Nadal claimed his first title of the year when he battled past Swiss ace Roger Federer to win the Mubadala world tennis championship exhibition tournament here on Saturday.
The Spaniard needed two tie-breaks before coming through 7-6 (7/4), 7-6 (7/3) against world number two Federer.
The rivalry between the two tennis icons is set to continue next week when they compete in the Qatar Open.
Swede Robin Soderling won his third-place playoff against Czech Tomas Berdych 6-4, 7-6 (7/3).