Third title in Abu Dhabi for the Spaniard Rafael Nadal. After the win over his compatriot David Ferrer in three sets yesterday, he beat Milos Raonic 7/6(3) 6/3 today playing a solid match. "It"s a great way to start the season winning against two of the best players in the world and playing at a high level - said former world number 1 - This year I arrived at this event in a better shape." Rafa only thinks about the future: "Stop speaking about 2015 and the past, it"s not that I talk about the titles I won in 2013 or in 2010.
We are in 2016, I spoke enough about 2015 last year. I want to talk only about what happened today and what will happen tomorrow. I feel ready to compete and we will see if I am able to keep doing that for the rest of the season.
My goal for 2016 is practice tomorrow (laughs). I want to be happy and competitive in all the tournaments, that"s the most important thing. I want to play better than what I did two, three or four months ago. My goal is to improve all the time." Finally, he spoke about the new collaboration between Milos Raonic and Carlos Moya: "Carlos in an amazing champion, a great ambassador for our sport, he will surely help Milos to improve in some aspects and I wish, especially to Carlos who is closest to me, the best." Meanwhile according to Marca, besides Rio de Janeiro Rafa could also play Buenos Aires which takes place from the 8th to 14th February, but only in case of an early exit in Melbourne.
Stan Wawrinka, beaten by David Ferrer in three sets in the 3th/4th final place, spoke about the possible introduction of the shot clock on the court: "I think it was quite good. ATP came back stronger with the time, they wanted time violations, but then they let it open again.
So with the clock at least you don’t have discussion. I think it’s worth it to try it." ALSO READ: Rafael Nadal: ´Ljubicic won´t change much to Federer. I acknowledged my problems instead of...´