Rafael Nadal wins Abu Dhabi exhibition event

World No. 1 Rafael Nadal made the perfect start to the new season by winning the Mubadala World Tennis Championship exhibition event on Saturday.

The world No. 1 sealed a 6-7(3), 7-5, 7-6(3) victory to capture his fifth title in Abu Dhabi. All three sets were closely contested, but our champ was calmer at the end and now is the only player with five titles at the event.

Rafa is the most frequent competitor in MWTC history having competed in 10 of the 12 tournaments, and he said he expects to be back again next year.

I came 10, why not 11? Honestly, you never know. I’m always one year older every time, but hopefully, I stay healthy and hopefully I will be back. It’s a tournament I like so much and I always have great feelings here,” he said during the trophy presentation.

Thank you to the crowd for an amazing year, their support is always amazing. Thank you Abu Dhabi, and thank you to Mubadala – please continue your support of tennis.

I had a great match today. Playing against Stefanos is always a big challenge for me. He’s young and he has a lot of energy. So all the best to Stefanos for the 2020 season.

The fifth title here means a lot to me, so I’m very happy to finish the 2019 season this way. I also want to say thank you very much to the fans. All of the crowd has been amazing here.

Source: The National

26 comments

  1. Congrats to this all time favourite tennis star who already creates the history. Might be Upcoming tennis star. These players used the advanced tennis racket along with special tennis string. Yonex Poly Tour Pro delivers powerful shots, highly durable and gives you comfortable feel. Mostly used by professional players.

  2. Rafa continues to AMAZE and what another great year for him it was; 19th Slam, 12th French Open, 4th US Open, World Year-End No. 1, Italian Masters, Canada Masters – defending his hard court title, Davis Cup, 5th Mubadala trophy. And so much more.

    Wishing Rafa and his family all the best for the New Year.

    RAFAMAZING ROCKS

  3. Congratulation again Rafa !! you arennot ongly our Number One but our Champ. ever as well, C. Javier

  4. A great win against a tough opponent. Congratulations, Rafael. It was not an easy exhibition match,
    You look relaxed and happy. All the best in 2020🤛💪👏👍🙏👑🏆🎾❤️Thank you for a fantastic effort in 2019.

  5. What’ a much Rafa a good way to finish this year vamossssssssss champ 🇺🇸🎾❤️😘🇺🇸🎾❤️😘

  6. Rafa’s trophy is the first of its kind, a brand new design that took two months to be produced.

    Made of colored crystal, it is supposed to be evocative of Abu Dhabi’s Volcano Fountain and other architectural landmarks.

    • Go Rafa! You are an amazing tennis Champion. You deserve all that you have and more because you put in the time and effort and work extremely hard. Congratulations on your 5th title and all the best to you in 2020. Your fan, Vanessa

  7. Wow, what a slug fest. I was exhausted watching. Stefanos going toe to toe with Rafa was just unbelievable. Great fight, great match. Congratulations, Rafa on Title #5. Well done!

  8. Rafa, it’s been a wonderful year for you and for us fans. May you continue in the years to come and keep healthy and fit.

    Congratulations for winning so much – matches and awards just everything!!!

    Wish you and all your dear ones a wonderful Christmas and a super 2020 filled with health, love, success and happiness.

    😘😘❤️❤️🍀🍀

  9. Mubadala site shows the finals reply but not in its entirety….. Why???? Match time replay heading shows 3 hours and some yet replay only shows part of 2nd set and all 3rd set….
    DOES THE UMPIRE OBVIOUS BIAS IN NOT GRANTING RAFA THE OBVIOUS WINNING RETURN HAS SOMETHING TO DO WITH IT??? IS THAT THE REASON WHY 1ST SET NOT AVAILABLE WHERE OBVIOUS SUBJECTIVE POOR UMPIRE CONDUCT CAN BE ONCE AGAIN CLEARLY REVIEWED???? RAFA WON A 3 SET CHAMPIONSHIP AND ENTIRE MATCH REPLAY OF ALL 3 SETS MUST BE INCLUDED….. Hope by this evening, the entire full match replay will be readily available for fans viewing. RAFA YOU WERE SUCH FORCE……SUCH CLASSY FIGHTER FOR EACH POINT……SO BRILLIANTLY SKILLFUL…..WAY WAY WAY ABOVE ALL OTHER PLAYERS………..THAT IS WHY YOU ARE THE NUMBER ONE PLAYER IN THE WORLD!!!!!!!!!!!!:) PRECIOUS TENNIS GENIUS WITH SUCH SUCCESS AND STRIDE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!:)
    CONGRATULATIONS AGAIN DEAR RAFA NADAL FOR YOUR BEAUTIFUL STRONG CHAMPIONSHIP VICTORY!!!!!!!!!!!!:)
    GOD BLESS YOU SWEETHEART AND ENJOY ALL YOUR AWESOME ACHIEVEMENTS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!:) XOXOXOXOXOXO

    • DURING 3 SET WE SAW THE POOR BIAS BY UMPIRE AGAIN WHEN HE WRONGLY AND INCONSISTENTLY GRANTED t THE RETURN POINT UNDER VERY SAME IDENTICAL CIRCUMSTANCE OF A CHALLENGED CALL THAT HE FAIL TO GRANT RAFA ……ABSOLUTE MISUSE OF BIAS POWER…..BOTH TIMES RAFA POLITELY APPROACHED THE UMPIRE CHAIR IN AN ATTEMPT TO POINT OUT TENNIS RULES AND UMPIRE ERRORS , BUT BOTH TIMES THE SUBJECTIVE UMPIRE DISREGARDED RAFA’ S EXCELLENT KNOWLEDGE OF CHALLENGE PRACTICES AND DISRESPECTFULLY REFUSED TO CORRECT DISCRIMINTALLY.
      MISTAKES HAPPEN BUT THE NATURE OF THE POOR BIAS WAS CLEAR WHEN HE WAS MAKING A DIFFERENT CALL ON 3RD SET IN FAVOR OF t , WHEN IN VERY SAME SITUATION DURING 1ST SET HE DID NOT GRANT RAFA THE OBVIOUS WINNER POINT.
      THIS IS A DISGRACE AND AN UNFORTUNATE POOR MATCH SITUATIONS WHEN COURT OFFICIALS SEE THIS BS HAPPENING AND PASSIVELY ALLOW IT TO GO ON AND NEGLATE THEIR ADMINSTRATIVE COURT DURY TO STEP UP AND CORRECT THE WRONGS IN THE MATCH. IT IS MY SINCERE HOPE SOME FAN CAN DISPLAY THE TWO TIMES RAFA APPROACHED THE CHAIR WITH RESPECT TO THE TWO IDENTICAL SITUATIONS YET DIFFERENT, INCONSISTENT BIAS OUTCOME. FOLKS ALL OVER THE WORLD WATCH TENNIS…….FANS WOULD APPRECIATE ENJOYING TENNIS WITHOUT THE DIRT…THE BIAS….THE POOR DISCRIMINATING UMPIRE CONDUCTS OR BAD SPORTS POLITICS. NO HARD WORKING TENNIS PLAYERS OUGHT TO BE SUBJECTED TO SUCH POOR UMPIRE MISHANDLING OF THE MATCH. ESPECIALLY HARDEST WORKING PLAYER EVER LIVED, RAFAEL NADAL, THE BRILLIANT WORLD NUMBER ONE TENNIS PLAYER IN THE WORLD.
      THANKFULLY RAFA PREVAILS AND RIDES ABOVE IT ALL WITH VICTORIES AND HIS STAR QUALITY PRESENCE AND GOOD WILL!!!!!!!:)

  10. ENHORABUENA, campeón como siempre tu saber star, te deseo FELIZ NAVIDAD Y FELIZ AÑO, siempre contigo Rafa!!!!

  11. Rafa Nadal, lo único que puedo decirte ahora:felicidades crack, por todo y también por lo que nos has dado, eres único en el mundo, mundial, feliz Navidad, feliz año nuevo y felices reyes:ya hice la carta, a los reyes magos, se adelantaron y vino antes! Felicidades crack, te lo mereces

  12. Wow, I was able to watch many of these matches on the Tennis Channel. It was a terrific match. I was worried that Rafa would lose since Tsitsipas was serving so well. Rafa played a poor first set TB, but played great in the last one. Rafa’s heart was the difference in the end.

  13. Vamos Rafa!!!
    What a way to finish the year 2019.
    Congratulations and well done our champ!
    Wishing you a wonderful Christmas with your wife and family. All the best for the new year!

  14. What a fighter , thrilled for him. Great finish to 2019 and promising start to 2020 . Now some rest Rafa as to day was a gruelling 3 hours . 🍀🌟

  15. BEAUTIFUL……VAMOS SWEETHEART AND CONGRATULATIONS!!!!!!!!!!:) MUCHAS GRACIAS FOR EVERY POINT YOU PLAY!!!!!!!:) ENJOY EVERYTHING AND KEEP SMILING!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!:)

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