Eight ATP stars—including Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic—showed up early to Melbourne to play the Tie Break Tens exhibition on Margaret Court Arena.
Each match consisted of one tiebreak to 10 points, meaning all three rounds could be wrapped up in one night.
Because of the brief structure, it's hard to glean much from the results, but we did learn this much:
Stan Wawrinka withdrew with a shoulder injury.
This is surprising considering it was the Swiss' knee that ended his 2017 season.
Djokovic had a shortened service motion and a sleeve on his right arm.
He lost to Lleyton Hewitt 10-6 in the first round.
Djokovic with new service reduced motion: 2018 vs. before pic.twitter.com/MtRIAoEfjN— BreakPointBR (@BreakPointBR) January 10, 2018
Nadal seemed at full health, although the very short "matches" may have helped.
The Spaniard went 2-1 on the day, with wins over Lucas Pouille and Hewitt to make the final.
Nick Kyrgios' booming serve is going strong.
It helped him win the title in Brisbane, but it wasn't enough against Tomas Berdych.
Nadal's forehand is still firing.
Nadal is the defending finalist next week in Melbourne.
Hewitt proved he's still playing very competitive tennis.
After the Djokovic win, the Australian took Nadal to brink in the semifinals. At the Australian Open, Hewitt will play doubles with Sam Groth.
Berdych's forehand could be a lethal weapon next week in Melbourne.
The world No. 20's start to 2018 is turning around after an opening-round loss in Doha.
Djokovic did technically get a win—in doubles.
He and Pouille defeated Dominic Thiem and Kyrgios, 10-7. Earlier in the day, he scored a dominant win over Thiem in singles at the nearby Kooyong Classic exhibition.
Nadal and Djokovic stole the show.
They had a giddy time together on the sidelines.
Caption this. pic.twitter.com/zigLglEPd2— The Overrule (@theoverrule) January 10, 2018
Berdych walked away the champion.
The Czech beat Nadal 10-5, earning $250,000 for a quick day's work.
Congratulations again to @tomasberdych for winning #TBTens Melbourne, beating @RafaelNadal & walking away with a whopping US$250,000. A well deserved win & good luck in the @AustralianOpen https://t.co/iuENNgCHkg pic.twitter.com/4ARZlBuN1q— Tie Break Tens (@tiebreaktens) January 10, 2018
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