BERDYCH EAGER TO BE TESTED IN ABU DHABI
Tomas Berdych believes facing 14-time major champion Rafa Nadal in Abu Dhabi later this month will show him how his game is shaping up for 2017. The 31-year-old will play Nadal in the first round of the Mubadala World Tennis Championship on December 29 at Zayed Sports City. And Berdych expects Nadal to provide a stern challenge as he bids to start his new season with a tournament win. “This will be Rafa’s eighth time in Abu
19 Berdych has played Nadal 23 times, losing on 19 occasions
Dhabi, so it is a tournament he obviously enjoys coming to,” said Berdych. “For me, it’s the perfect opener to any season and I could not have asked for a better first opponent to test my game against than the current champion. “I’ve felt good this year, so I hope Abu Dhabi will give me the extra boost to the 2017 season that I need.” Should Berdych come through the test against Nadal he will play Milos Raonic in the last four.