1 Jan 2011

Nadal and Federer will meet in final in Abu Dhabi

11:48 am on 1 January 2011

Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer will contest the final of the Mubadala exhibition tennis tournament in Abu Dhabi as they prepare for this month's Australian Open.

In the semi-finals Nadal has scored a straight sets 6-4 6-4 success over Czech Tomas Berdych but Federer has needed three sets to get past Swede Robin Soderling.

World number two Federer conceded the opening set on the tiebreak but the 16-time Grand Slam winner then knuckled down and completed a 6-7 6-3 6-3 victory, sending down 16 aces - the final one winning him the encounter against last year's finalist in Abu Dhabi.