Nadal showdown ideal for Berdych
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Tomas Berdych is looking forward to trying to defeat reigning champion Rafael Nadal at the Mubadala World Tennis Championship.
The 31-year-old Czech star and world number 10 is already preparing for the tournament in Abu Dhabi from December 29, which will also involve the likes of world number one Andy Murray, Jo-Wilfried Tsonga and Milos Raonic.
Berdych has been handed a difficult opening game on the first day of play but he is relishing the clash, as he is hoping to go into 2017 on a high under the guidance of his coach, the former Wimbledon winner Goran Ivanisevic.
Berdych said: "This will be Rafa's eighth time in Abu Dhabi, so it is a tournament he obviously enjoys coming to.
"For me, it's the perfect opener to any season and I could not have asked for a better first opponent to test my game against than the current champion.
"What's great about this tournament is that because of the guys you play, the matches feel like the later stages of a Grand Slam from day one so we bring our best game all three days.
"I've felt good this year, so I hope Abu Dhabi will give me the extra boost to the 2017 season that I need."