For those that follow the exo season (I’m not one of them), Andy Murray routed Rafael Nadal today in Abu Dhabi 6-2, 6-0. The result doesn’t matter much to me (it’s practice sets let’s be honest), but afterward Murray complained of a left shoulder issue. An injury? Now that matters!
“I don’t know exactly what happened,” said Murray. “I’ve never had anything happen to my left shoulder before. I felt it when I was signing balls afterwards and picking up bottles.
“I’ve seen my physio and had some treatment and ice.”
Could the injury jeopardise his chances of facing Djokovic?
Murray said: “I will see how I feel when I wake up tomorrow. I will have a scan at midday and see what happens after that.”
Djokovic, who’s scheduled to face Murray in the finals, beat Stan Wawrinka 6-1, 6-2.
“I feel like I am at the peak of my career and abilities,” Djokovic said to the Gulf News. ‘In the back of my mind, I know what I did in 2011 and can do it again, but it will be hard to do it again.
“If I play at a high level consistently, I feel like I have a good chance against anyone on any surface.”
If you are a Nadal fan and worried about the scoreline, I wouldn’t be. Again, it’s formal practice tennis session and as long as he’s healthy, that’s good.
“This was not the best start possible against a tough rival in Andy Murray,” Nadal said to the paper. “But there are only small things I need to adjust.
“At the beginning, I played very badly with my backhand, but that is normal after a long time out, and could not get my normal rhythm. I was also a little bit more tired than usual.
“6-2, 6-0 is too much. I had a lot of chances to have a closer result. I have to improve, that’s obvious, and I’m going to improve. This match helps me and the defeat does not affect me too much.”
Nadal will also have another match tomorrow playing Wawrinka in the consolation.
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