5 moments of magic from UAE Royals players
UAE Royals' former World No. 1 Ana IvanovicThe OBI UAE Royals probably have the best squad in the IPTL this year. Roger Federer, who contributed significantly to the Indian Aces' victory last year, will now play for the Royals, which gives the Dubai-based franchise an immediate boost.Given the high spirits Federer is usually in when not competing intensely at the Grand Slams, there is bound to be magic on the courts when he arrives. And the UAE Royals is also probably the most adored team - no offense to the rest - with the right mix of talent, charm and cult following amongst the audience.So let's prepare ourselves for the fireworks the Royals players are likely to unleash, by looking back at some magical moments from their careers in recent times.
#5 Tomas Berdych
Berdych is not usually amongst the most expressive of players. But when he plays like this he doesn’t need to express much. This point will easily qualify as one of the greatest winners of the year, for the sheer stubbornness with which he pulled off one brilliant shot after another.
Facing Novak Djokovic in Dubai this year, Berdych first stretched and picked up a laser backhand fired to his right, very close to the baseline. Then he reached a drop shot close to the net and bunted it down the line. Finally, he ran back to deal with a lob, overtook the ball, turned and hammered a forehand past Djokovic, much to the shock of everyone watching.