Rafael Nadal, Stan Wawrinka Lead Abu Dhabi Exo Which Begins Thursday
by Tom Gainey | December 28th, 2015, 9:41 am
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The draw is out for the upcoming Abu Dhabi event later this week. The lucrative event features the last two French Open champions, Stan Wawrinka and Rafael Nadal, but because of byes niether will be in action on Thursday.

The first round will see Milos Raonic play Kevin Anderson with the winner to face Wawrinka on Friday. Raonic recently split with coach Ivan Ljubicic who landed in Roger Federer’s camp.

“I’m excited for 2016, I must admit. I’m still young and still improving, and it’s only been two years since I broke into the world’s top-10,” Raonic told the Gulf News.

“My target is to add to my five ATP titles and to climb the rankings even further, but it’s also an Olympic year and I’m keen to do well in Rio. “Hopefully Abu Dhabi can be the catalyst that I need to prepare for a big year.”

Nadal will await the Jo-Wilfried Tsonga vs. David Ferrer victor.

“I think that just shows how important the Abu Dhabi tournament is,” Tsonga told the Gulf News. “Whoever can find their form early enough will be off to a good start ahead of the season’s first Grand Slam tournament in Australia, and for me the Mubadala World Tennis Championship is a unique opportunity to get off to a flyer in 2016.”

The final will be played on Saturday.


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25 Comments for Rafael Nadal, Stan Wawrinka Lead Abu Dhabi Exo Which Begins Thursday

Chrisford1 Says:

Thanks Jane. The other “warmup” is going to be in Doha, Qatar. That one will have Berdych, defending champ David Ferrer and Rafa and Nole. The last 2 should have a high chance of meeting one another again.
Trophy looks a lot cooler than the Madrid toilet brush or the Paris spiked metal tree only some artsy Frenchies could love.
https://images.beinsports.com/MuUipJP88EGFAlPhy-d-Sdn5mqk=/295221-Ferrer.jpg


danica Says:

Oki,
I would hope to see you on a thread where Rafa is mentioned.
I hope you are OK in OK and that the severe wheather didn’t affect you. Earthquake too :(.
Stay safe!


lakie Says:

Okie, you must be busy with the holiday season. Keep well! Happy New Year!


Okiegal Says:

@danica and lakie….I am doing OK…..lots of rain but no earthquake! I have been going to basketball games for three days. I will get back in the groove again. Ready for the Aussie Open…There will lots of things to talk about when it starts. Can not wait! It is nice that you two have missed me……THANKS Y’ALL! Oki


Okiegal Says:

Does anyone know if these Exo matches are going to be live streamed??


lakie Says:

Some crazy guys in Oklahoma went duck hunting in the storm?
You could try livescorehunter but I am really scared of all the free streamers. There’s got to be a catch? Anyone tried live score hunter without suffering any mishap?


Okiegal Says:

@lakie…..Yes, I have watched tennis from live score hunter and Sportlemon. My favorite is ESPN3.com here in the states and Stopstream.me was good……never have had any problems with the computer after watching it live streamed, but who knows???


Okiegal Says:

@lakie….there is no telling what crazy guys in Oklahoma will do……lol


lakie Says:

okie
I will try live score hunter then.
In my espn3.com I do not find tennis listed. Is it there in yours?If yes, please copy and paste the link.


danica Says:

Uh Okie, I must have seen some old news (re: earthquake). Glad to hear you are OK ;).


RZ Says:

@lakie I’ve used livestream hunter before. It can annoying because of the ads that pop up at the beginning of the stream but once they go away it works well. Some of the sites say you must register but I’ve never signed up with those.


lakie Says:

RZ
livestreamhunter doesn’t require registration? I don’t know whether I am going to the right place because I was asked to create a free account to login?


RZ Says:

@lakie – I’ve used this link before: http://www.lshunter.net/live-tennis.php

When you go on the site and select the match/event you want to watch, you are given a choice of different links/sites to watch them through. Some require registration and some don’t. I’ve never been asked to login just to access the site, but it’s been a few months since I’ve used it so they could have changed their policies.


Okiegal Says:

@lakie……RZ’s comment at 2:06 is the way I have found Livescorehunter to be too. Some require registration……I have never registered and have watched a lot of tennis there. Where do you live? If you are here in the US you should be able to watch it. I don’t know how to copy and paste. I use google search engine and type in
Espn3.com tennis live stream. I also use Stopstream.me.

Danica, there was an earthquake this past Tuesday around the Oklahoma City area. I’m
about 93 miles from OKC…..didn’t feel it. It caused a little damage……think it registered 4. something….so I am just fine!!


lakie Says:

Thanks RZ and okie! RZ do you also frequent changeover tennis? I thought I saw a comment by you. They are pretty choosy over there so if it was your post which saw the light of day, congrats!
What’s a mild earthquake to oklahoma guys and gals. Fearless, foolhardy even re the duck hunting.


Okiegal Says:

Yep, that’s us Okies……fearless!!


danica Says:

Thanks Okie for explanation!
As far as watching the Abu Dhabi exo, it seems that the Tennis Channel will show the matches live today.


Wog Boy Says:

Rafa/Daveed extremely competitive match, and joy to watch, Rafa was hugging base line like his life depends on it, and his BH is definitely underrated.

Stan/Milos on the other hand was pretty boring to watch.

Final Rafa vs Milos, Rafa in two.


Gypsy Gal Says:

It was a competitive match,but Rafa has developed a nasty habit now of leading matches handily only to keep throwing away breaks of serve,he was leading by a set and almost two breaks of serve,he shouldve closed it out in two sets not three,he wasted alot of energy….


Okiegal Says:

I just got through watching Rafa and Milos…..and Wog Boy was right….. Rafa in two!!


Gypsy Gal Says:

Okie HAPPY NEW YEAR MY DEAR ;))….


Giles Says:

Rafa wins Abu Dhabi. Vamos Champ!


Gypsy Gal Says:

Nice one Nadal,to start the year ;)….


lakie Says:

Okie, GG and Giles. Good start by Rafa!!! Hope 2016 is more competitive than 2015!
For the good of tennis, I hope at least one of the slams is won by a below-25 player.

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