Tennis: Nadal loses to Ferrer on return to courts in Dubai exhibition event
ABU DHABI (AFP) - Rafael Nadal got his season under way with a 4-6, 4-6 loss to fellow Spaniard David Ferrer in the semi-finals of the Mudabala World Tennis Championship exhibition tournament in Abu Dhabi on Friday.
It was the world No.1's first match since losing in straight sets to Novak Djokovic in the final of the World Tour Finals in London on Nov 11.
Playing ahead of the official ATP season-opener in nearby Doha next week, Ferrer looked the sharper from the start, breaking in the ninth game to take the first set.
It was more of the same in the second set as Nadal struggled to find his range against an opponent who already had a game under his belt, having defeated Stanislas Wawrinka in the quarter-finals on Thursday.