Tennis: Nadal beats Federer in Abu Dhabi exhibition

AP, Saturday 31 Dec 2011

Rafael Nadal shook off an ailing shoulder to beat Roger Federer 6-1, 7-5 Saturday to claim third place at the World Tennis Championship exhibition tournament

Rafael Nadal

The second-ranked Nadal has been nursing a sore shoulder since the end of last season and lost to David Ferrer in the semifinals on Friday, but looked back to his old self against Federer. He took a 3-0 lead in the first and was never seriously threatened by his Swiss rival, who was routed by Novak Djokovic in the semifinals.

Nadal clinched the win with a blistering forehand into the corner.

Djokovic faces Ferrer in the final later Saturday.

The $250,000 winner-takes-all six-man tournament is a warm-up for the new ATP season which begins next week.

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