PHOTOS: Rafael Nadal beats Tommy Haas in exhibition match ahead of Wimbledon

Rafael Nadal stepped up his preparations for Wimbledon by beating Tommy Haas 6-4, 1-6, 10-7 on Friday afternoon at the Aspall Tennis Classic exhibition event at the Hurlingham Club.

The sets were split between the two players and Rafa won the super tiebreak decider.

Today’s match was another good opportunity for our champ to polish his grass court game and get acclimated to the surface and weather.

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Hurlingham 2017: Rafael Nadal loses to Tomas Berdych in exhibition match [PHOTOS]

Two-time Wimbledon champion Rafael Nadal lost his first match on grass this season at Hurlingham Club to Tomas Berdych with a 6-3, 6-2 scoreline.

The match lasted 59 minutes, but despite loss we all hope our champ will use all the time he needs to get used on grass before his first match at the All England Club.

Our champ is now going to face Tommy Haas on Friday.

 

Rafael Nadal to prepare for Wimbledon with two exhibition matches

Rafael Nadal is to warm up for Wimbledon with two exhibition matches at the Aspall Tennis Classic at Hurlingham. The event runs from Tuesday 27th – Friday 30th June 2017 and is the perfect warm-up to Wimbledon.

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Other ATP players included in the line-up are World No. 1 Andy Murray, World No. 6 Milos Raonic, World No. 13 Jo-Wilfried Tsonga, World No 14 Tomas Berdych, World No. 17 Lucas Pouille and World No. 252 Tommy Haas.

Joining them will be some of the sport’s favourite legends – former British No. 1 Greg Rusedski, two-time grand slam finalist Mark Philippoussis, former World No. 4 Thomas Enqvist, 1986 French Open finalist Mikael Pernfors and Mansour Bahrami.

UPDATED: Rafa will play two singles matches across the week; taking on Tomas Berdych on Wednesday 28th June and then Tommy Haas on Friday 30th June in his preparations for a third Wimbledon title.  His last appearance at The Hurlingham Club was in 2014.

Rafa:

The Aspall Tennis Classic at The Hurlingham Club is a lot of fun and it’s always exciting to play in front of the UK fans, so I can’t wait to return this week. I’m working hard and enjoying every week as it comes, so this is the perfect way to get ready for Wimbledon.

Despite loss, Rafael Nadal enjoys exhibition in Sydney

Earlier today, Rafael Nadal took part in a FAST 4 Tennis exhibition.

Since Kei Nishikori was forced to pull out due to a hip injury, Dominic Thiem replaced him and played with Rafa for the ‘World’ team against Team Australia – Nick Kyrgios and Bernard Tomic.

First on the court in Sydney’s new International Convention Centre were Rafa and Nick. After splitting the first four sets, they faced off in a tiebreak to decide the match. The young Aussie won it (4-3 2-4 4-3 4-3).

Bernard also won the fifth set in his match against Dominic and secured Australia a 2-0 victory in the Australia v World Fast4 contest.

 

After the match, Rafa said:

It was a good match. I enjoyed it. Very happy to be back here in Sydney again. FAST4 is good promotion for our sport here in a very important country – country with a big tradition in the sport of tennis. Very excited to see the full crowd like this in an amazing theatre.

Rafa is expected to head straight to Melbourne for the year’s opening Grand Slam.

Source: Tennis Australia

Rafael Nadal and Kei Nishikori pose with wombat in Sydney

Rafael Nadal and Kei Nishikori have spent time getting to know a wombat ahead of the Fast4 tennis exhibition in Sydney on Monday.

Rafael Nadal ends 2016 with win

World No. 9 Rafael Nadal warmed up for the new season with victory at the Mubadala World Tennis Championship exhibition event in Abu Dhabi.

Our champ beat David Goffin 6-4, 7-6(5) to pick up his fourth title at the Zayed Sports City’s International Tennis Centre.

A scorching forehand winner secured the first set for Rafa after both men had picked up breaks in the opening exchanges but Goffin ensured it would not be all plain sailing.

The Belgian broke twice at the start of the second set to lead 3-1, only for Rafa to up his level and round out the win in just under two hours.

After the match, Rafa said:

When you have success many times here is so special. I’m very excited to start a new season playing at this level last three days.

Rafa will now go to Brisbane for the first ATP event of the season where he faces world No. 62 Alexandr Dolgopolov in the first round.

Rafael Nadal beats Milos Raonic to reach Abu Dhabi final

Defending champion Rafael Nadal will meet David Goffin in the final of the Mubadala World Tennis Championship exhibition event in Abu Dhabi.

Our champ defeated Canadian Milos Raonic 6-1, 3-6, 6-3.

After the match, Rafa said:

It’s great to be back on court after a time without matches.

To beat two great players (Tomas Berdych on Thursday and Raonic on Friday) is great news for me.

David is very talented. It will be a tough match but I will do my best. (via AFP)

Earlier, Goffin upset world No 1 Andy Murray with a 7-6(4), 6-4 victory.  In the match for fifth-place in the six-man field, Jo-Wilfried Tsonga beat Thomas Berdych 6-7 (5/7), 6-3, 10-3.

Should Rafa take the crown tomorrow it would be his fouth victory in Abu Dhabi.