RAFA SPENDS THE NEW YEAR ON A PLANE 1st of January, 2009 Rafa Nadal couldn't celebrate the New Year with either his family nor his tennis player friends in Abu Dhabi . "This year I will be spending it on a plane. Previously I had spent the night in India but since we are starting the season a bit later than usual, I will have to spend it on an airplane. Not to worry though, at least I'm bringing some grapes for the trip. I've got some here for me and my team and let's hope everything else goes fine". Said Rafa before boarding the aircraft. For those who don't know it is a tradition in Spain and South American countries to eat 12 grapes at midnight. Each of them represent a month in the new year and you have to make a wish as you eat every grape.
สัมภาษณ์พี่ล่ำจาก match ที่ชนะหลวงพี่ดาวี่ค่ะ >>> On his match against Davydenko, Rafa said: "I have been working hard on my game lately even though I havent been playing competitive tennis for the past two months or so. I was delighted with the way I played today and am looking forward to the rest of the season."Rafa also revealed his ambitions for 2009, saying: The aim really is to be a better player than I was last year and to keep improving. Obviously, I like the position I am in right now and would like to keep it this way as long as possible.
RAFA NADAL:"IT'S BEEN A GREAT TEST FOR ME"
It wasnt mean to be this time
In what was considered and incredible final, where high quality tennis was the main attraction, Andy Murray beat Rafa in 3 long sets by 6-4, 5-7 y 6-3 after 2 hours and 45 minutes of play to win the first edition of the exhibition tournament played in Abu Dhabi.
For Rafa, his participation in this competition served its purpose to help him get back into his usual rhythm after not playing any competitive matches for 2 months. Here, he had the great opportunity to play with some of todays best tennis players, which will help him prepare for the first Grand Slam of the year at Australian Open.
Once the match finished, Rafa highlighted that Murray had played at a very high level and if he keeps it up, he can even win the Australian Open
He was also happy to have spent a few days in Abu Dhabi saying that hed had an incredible time here, its impossible for it to be any better. Then he continued his assessment about the match. Im happy, even though It could have been better, but regardless of that its been a great test to prove where my level ls at right now.
His next tournament will be in Doha where he will fly today and meet again with Roger Federer and Andy Murray.