Good thing it’s just practice this weekend in Abu Dhabi, otherwise there may be reason to panic for Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal fans. Today, the two biggest stars in the tennis sky were each blown out by Novak Djokovic and David Ferrer, respectively.
In the first match of the cash-grab exo, Djokovic rolled over Federer 6-2, 6-1 in just 44 minutes.
“Definitely it was an incredible performance, I am happy with my form at this stage of my preparation,” Djokovic said.
And Roger all but agreed saying, “He played really well, did not do much wrong. He took the lead in both sets and that made it pretty difficult.”
Ferrer enjoyed a similar lopsided win 6-3, 6-2 over his ailing countryman.
So just for fun tomorrow Djokovic and Ferrer will face off in the finals while in the “loser bowl” it’s Federer and Nadal for third place.
About the most important thing to come out of today was that after a night to think about how he (mis)handled his bad shoulder, Nadal didn’t back track or change his tune on the topic.
The shoulder, Nadal told the AP, “felt OK, not perfect”.
“I knew before coming here that I was not ready to win a match against David Ferrer, not to win a match against Djokovic or Federer,” he added. “But I am ready to spend hours on court without risk of injury. That is the most important thing. I need this transition, hours of practice. If I am here, I will probably have a better feeling for Doha.”
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