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Rafeal Nadal & Nishikori team up for Fast4

Deep Parikh

MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA – JANUARY 16: Rafael Nadal of Spain celebrates winning his second round match against Thanasi Kokkinakis of Australia during day four of the 2014 Australian Open at Melbourne Park on January 16, 2014 in Melbourne, Australia. (Photo by Cameron Spencer/Getty Images)

Nadal in Fast4 Exhibition

Rafael Nadal will team up with Japan’s Kei Nishikori for the upcoming Fast4 exhibition in Sydney. The duo will play against the Australian pair of Nick Kyrgios and Bernard Tomic.

The shortened Fast4 exhibition format offers a fast alternative to tennis. Each game has 4 points and there are four rules to follow. There are no advantage scores, lets are played, tie-breakers apply at three games and the first to four games wins the set. Further all singles and doubles matches will be played using no-advantage scoring, with the receiver choosing the service side when the game reaches deuce.

The event which is planned on 9th January is billed as the t20 format of Tennis. This is because of the fast paced nature of the game which engages the audience. The organisers are also hoping that the format is a huge hit just like its cricketing counterpart.

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The 14 times grand slam champion, Rafael Nadal played this year’s exhibition alongside Gael Monfils against the Australian duo of Kyrgios and Lleyton Hewitt.

Nadal is super excited about the upcoming event and reiterated “I have played the format twice now and I think it’s very exciting for both players and fan.”

He also added “It’s very easy for the crowd to get involved in the match and it was a great atmosphere earlier this year.”

Meanwhile, women’s world number one Angelique Kerber announced she will play the Sydney International for the fifth year in a row from 8-14 January in her build-up the Australian Open.

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