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World No. 1 Rafael Nadal defeated World No 2 Roger Federer in straight sets to win the 2010 Mubadala World Tennis Championship title. Read below how Nadal crafted this win over Federer -
First Set :
Federer 1- Nadal 0 : A steady start for Federer, as the World No. 2 quickly reels off a love-service game and gets on board without any difficultly.
Federer 1 - Nadal 1 : Comparatively a big tricky start for Nadal, as he holds on to a difficult service game of the match. Both the contenders will like to take that opening advantage over other to build some sort of psychological pressure. Let's see, who breaks first. Its 1-1, first set!
Federer 2 - Nadal 1 : Nadal pours some pressure on Federer, but the Swiss executes an elegant drop-shot and duly compliments it with a quick volley winner. Federer gets the slender lead here. Its 2-1.
Federer 2 - Nadal 2 : Too fast Nadal for Federer there. The Spaniard hammers a quick winner in the middle of the court and then fires and Ace and further compliments with another cracking forehand winner. Its 2-2, first set. The iconic battle is heating up here...
Federer 3 - Nadal 2 : Federer does not take much time to hold on to his serve this time. The Swiss forces two errors on Nadal and then hammers a kick serve, duly compliments it with a sizzling forehand down the line to regain the slender lead here. Its 3-2, first set!
Federer 3 - Nadal 3 : No half-measures from Nadal there. The Spaniard starts off badly with a backhand error, but makes quick amendments by forcing an error on Federer's backhand and then hammers a volley winner to equalizes the proceedings once again. Its 3-3, first set!
Federer 4 - Nadal 3 : Once again, Nadal jumps upon the opportunity, as Federer offers him two quick points by committing a couple of unforced errors, but the Swiss thwarts his plans, by hitting a low forehand drive and maintains his slender lead. Its 4-3, first set!
Federer 4 - Nadal 4 : Tremendous onslaught from Rafa, as the Spaniard hammers a lightning fast cross-court backhand winner and then fires another forehand winner in the corner to keep the proceedings even in the first set. Its 4-4, first set!
Federer 5 - Nadal 4 : No problems, whatsoever for Federer to reel off another easy service game. The Swiss is bringing in his probing serve to play there. its 5-4, first set. Now, Nadal will serve to stay alive in the first set.
Federer 5 - Nadal 5 : Typical Nadal defence. Well, you have to do everything just right to break Nadal. Federer creates a great opportunity for him, but falters to cash in on that. Nadal brings in his heavy serve at the right to thwart any troubles at this crucial juncture of the first set. Its 5-5, first set. No break of serve, so far in the first set. Well, it seems that we will only see through the first set - in a tie-breaker. Let's see....Stay Tuned.
Federer 6 - Nadal 5 : Federer nudges ahead once again without any trouble and puts the pressure back on Nadal. The Spaniard will serve now to take this duel in a tie-breaker. Its 5-6, first set.
Federer 6 - Nadal 6 : And, finally we reach the tie-breaker stage. Nothing much to choose these two fierce contenders and it would certainly be the fitting end of the first set. Let's see who pockets it.
Federer 7 - Nadal 6 : Nadal instantly brings in his A-game in the tie-breaker to go one set up against Federer. Federer gets the initial advantage but fails to maintain the lead, as he commits two uncharacterstic errors and allows Nadal to surge ahead. Nadal does not do anything wrong, as he forces two more errors on Federer and pockets the well-fought first set.
Federer 0 - Nadal 1 : Nadal continues with the momentum and holds the opening game of the second set easily.
Federer 1 - Nadal 1 : Federer looks unperturbed by first set loss and holds to love for 1-1 scoreline in the second set of the match.
Federer 1 - Nadal 2 : Both players are showing swift court coverage, but once again Nadal tops Federer in terms of firing a big serve at the right time and then compliments it with a forehand winner to get a slender lead here. Its 2-1, second set!
Federer 2 - Nadal 2 : Lucky escape for Federer there. Nadal was too confident to get the break there, but just at the right time, the Spaniard messes up with a forehand and allows the Swiss to stay on course in the second set. Its 2-2, second set!
Federer 2 - Nadal 3 : Its business as usual for Nadal there. The Spaniard takes a little time to reel off another game on his service. Its 3-2, second set!
Federer 3 - Nadal 3 : This time, Federer does not take much time to hold on to a confident service game. Federer gets two quick points on his serve and then hammers a cross-court backhand shot to equalizes the proceedings in the second set.
Federer 3 - Nadal 4 : A testing game for Nadal, but once again the Spaniard shows his tremendous mental strength and brings in couple of good serves with quick shots to get himself out of a tricky situation. Its 4-3, second set!
Federer 4 - Nadal 4 : This time, Federer exhibits his defensive skills and saves a break point to keep the proceedings even in the second set. Its 4-4, second set! No break of serve so far, in the second-set.
Federer 4 - Nadal 5 : Nadal holds on to crucial game of the second set and keeps his nose in the upfront. Again, Federer fails to keep a check on his unforced errors and allows Nadal to surge through. Its 4-5, second set!
Federer 5 - Nadal 5 : Are we heading towards another tie-breaker. Well, it seems so, as Federer holds on another easier service game. Its 5-5, second set!
Federer 5 - Nadal 6 : Nadal does not falter in this penultimate game of the second-set and once again pours huge pressure on Federer, who will now serve to take this duel into a tie-breaker. Interesting stage of the match...Stay Tuned. Its 6-5, second set!
Federer 6 - Nadal 6 : Federer holds on yet again and we are here in a second-set tie-breaker. Once again, both the players failed to break and the set heads towards fitting end.
Federer 6 - Nadal 7 : Game, Set, Match !!!Nadal tops Federer - yet again! Well, the famous rivalry is looking somewhat deviated from Nadal's side, as the Spaniard once again proved his prominence over Federer and defended his title Abu Dhabi. Another great match, both the players tested each other to the fullest, but Rafa did it in two tie-breakers. Fantastic start for Nadal of the 2011 season.
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