Ex- world No.1 Rafael Nadal defeated 11th-ranked David Goffin 6-4, 7-6 (7/5) at the Mubadala World Tennis Championship in Abu Dhabi to end an otherwise injury-plagued year on a high. Nadal will now head to Australia to participate in the Brisbane International, before taking part in Australian Open.
With this victory, Nadal capped off a tough year in his career, where he had to spend more time
The 30-year-old defeated Czech star Tomas Berdych in the quarter-final and big-serving Canadian Milos Raonic in the semi-final to enter the finals of the exhibition tournament, which saw him square-off with Belgian David Goffin, who became the crowd
It was the first-ever meeting between Nadal and Goffin. Goffin tried to gain the upper hand in the match, but Nadal won the first set with a superb display. The only chance for Goffin in the first set came when he was serving at 4-5. But Nadal nullified the Belgian’s attempt and won the first set 6-4.
The second set rather proved to be more dramatic. Despite Goffin creating four chances to break for 6-5, Nadal- the big time player that he is- held those to send the game to tie-breaker, in which he prevailed by 7-5 to win the title for the fourth time in his career.
14-time Grand Slam Champion Nadal will now head to Australia for the Brisbane International, where he is slated to play against world No.62-ranked Ukrainian Alexander Dolgopolov in his first-round match at Tennyson.