The 2010 tennis season won't be officially kicked off until January 4th, when the year's first non-exhibition events begin, but the highly popular Capita World Tennis Championships in Abu Dhabi started today, and Robin Soderling and David Ferrer helped ring in the new year. It is just an exhibition, but the two were competing at their best for bragging rights, as the Swede and the Spaniard defeated Stanislas Warinka and Nikolay Davydenko, respectively, for the rights to take on the world's top 2 players. Soderling won 7-6 (4), 7-6 (2), and will play Roger Federer in the semifinals, while Ferrer triumphed 2-6, 6-2, 6-4 to set up a final 4 clash with countryman Rafael Nadal. Federer and Nadal both had 1st round byes.
The Swiss press is reporting that the much-anticipated Switzerland vs. Spain Davis Cup matchup, scheduled for March 5th to 7th, will not include Roger Federer. The world's top ranked player is reportedly hesitant to play on clay, the obvious surface for the Spaniard team, considering the U.S. hardcourt season gets underway just a week after the tie. The news comes as a huge disappointment, as I'm sure we were all eagerly anticipating the Fed/Nadal action.