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Nadal tops Federer in tennis exhibition

Jan. 1, 2011 at 2:34 PM

ABU DHABI, United Arab Emirates, Jan. 1 (UPI) -- Rafael Nadal opened the 2011 men's tennis calendar Saturday with a straight-sets victory over Roger Federer in an exhibition match in Abu Dhabi.

Nadal prevailed 7-6 (7-4), 7-6 (7-3) and retained his title at the invitational World Tennis Championships.

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Federer had the top-ranked Nadal down 3-0 at the first tie-break; however Nadal was able to battle back with the help of some timely unforced errors on Federer's part, the BBC reported.

"I never lost my serve but I still lost the tournament, it's kind of tough," said Federer.

The match was the fourth time in the past five week that Federer and Nadal have squared off.

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