Nadal’s Fourth Mubadala Title
It’s too early to tell. It’s not a real tournament. We shouldn’t get too excited about the prospect of a return to form from the King of Clay. After Nadal’s fourth Mubadala title, however, it’s easy to get carried away.
The Mubadala World Tennis Championship, exhibition though they may be, was set to give us a little glimpse into the 2017 season. Can Andy Murray pick up where he left off in 2016? Will Milos Roanic be able to turn up the heat on the Big Four? Will Nadal be able to recapture the form that saw him dominate the tennis world for a time?
Obviously none of these questions were going to be answered in Abu Dhabi, but it could well be a glimpse of things to come. If it is, we can expect Murray step off the gas, Raonic to keep losing to the top guys, and Nadal to leap right back to the summit of the game.
Nadal’s Fourth Mubadala title
Nadal successfully defended his Mubadala World Tennis Championship with a straight sets defeat of David Goffin to the tune of 6—4, 7—6 (7—5). Going into the event, Nadal was tied with Novak Djokovic for most titles in Abu Dhabi with three each. Had Murray won the title, he would have joined them. Instead, the trio now make up a 3, 2, 1 in the most MWTC titles list. They are also the entire list, as nobody else has yet won the event which first kicked off in 2009.
Nadal’s triumph wasn’t the only story of the week, however. World number 11, David Goffin, already a growing fan favourite and promising prospect, had a great time in Abu Dhabi. The Belgian dispatched both Jo Wilfred Tsonga and Andy Murray en-route to his final defeat to Nadal.
It’s not quite enough to start tipping Goffin for a future year-end number one or a multiple Grand Slam haul yet. But following on from his first Grand Slam quarter final at Roland Garros last year, it’s not a bad sign.
But this week was about Rafa. Nadal’s fourth Mubadala title is in the books.
Now onto the next.