BERDYCH EA­GER TO BE TESTED IN ABU DHABI

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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.

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