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Get the ball boy some scuba gear… Tennis stars Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer play match on floating court IN the Persian Gulf

When tennis legends Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer face each other, the last thing you want is for rain to stop play.
But in their latest clash, a flooded court was unavoidable – it took place on a floating platform on a lagoon in Qatar.
Federer of Switzerland took on his Spanish rival, the world No 1, on the
specially made stage in Doha ahead of the Qatar Open,
which marks the start of the tennis calendar.

They have 25 Grand Slam titles between them, though 29-year-old Federer, older by five years, has won 16 – the male record.

Flooded court doesn't stop play: Spain's Rafael Nadal (left) and Roger Federer of Switzerland warm up at the Westbay in Doha during an exhibition match to promote the city one day before the Qatar Open

Flooded court doesn’t stop play: Spain’s Rafael
Nadal (left) and Roger Federer of Switzerland warm up at the Westbay in
Doha during an exhibition match to promote the city one day before the
Qatar Open

Gods of the tennis world: Nadal (left) and Federer (right) volley to each other on the specially made floating court in Qatar

Gods of the tennis world: Nadal (left) and Federer (right) volley to each other on the specially made floating court in Qatar
The
Swiss star will be looking to bounce back from a string of Grand Slam
defeats in 2010 while his biggest rival Nadal is hoping to resume the
dominant form that saw him capture the French Open, Wimbledon and US
Open titles.
Spectators can
expect to see much of the pair in 2011, starting with the tournament
held in Doha, the Qatari capital, which begins today.

Last year, Russian Nikolay Davydenko
came from a set down to defeat Nadal 0-6, 7-6, 6-4. And the year before
that, Great British hope Andy Murray took the crown.

Floating: The two best players took each other on in an exhibition match on a submerged court

Floating: The two best players took each other on in an exhibition match on a submerged court
 
A taste of the Nadal-Federer rivalry was also on display in Abu Dhabi on aturday, when Nadal edged
Federer 7-6, 7-6 to defend his title at the invitational World Tennis
Championships.

Before leaving for Doha, Federer said
he saw Abu Dhabi and Doha as a chance to try out new shots.
He added that
he was looking forward to resuming his duel with Nadal that will get
its first big test at the Australian Open where the Swiss player is the
defending champion.

‘It’s a special Australian Open with me being the defending champion,’ Federer said.

Flashback: Roger Federer and Andre Agassi play an exhibition match on the helipad of the Burj Al Arab in 2005

Flashback: Roger Federer and Andre Agassi play
an exhibition match on the helipad of the Burj Al Arab hotel in Dubai
in 2005 – 700ft off the ground

‘Obviously the focus is going to be on the two of us. Tennis is really going to be exciting down in Australia.’

Nadal said he doesn’t feel any pressure
ahead of this year’s Australian Open, even though a tournament victory
there would make him the first man to win four major titles in a row
since Rod Laver pulled off a calendar Grand Slam by claiming all four
in 1969.

‘It’s not extra pressure, for me
it’s extra motivation,’ said Nadal, who lost in the Doha final last
year to Russian Nikolay Davydenko.

‘The
pressure is every day to play well and keep winning matches and I don’t
think (about) winning the Australian Open immediately,’ Nadal said.

‘You never know what’s going to happen since it’s going to be a very difficult tournament.’


Daily Mail.co.uk

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