This win is important for my confidence: Rafael Nadal
Spaniard Rafael Nadal claimed revenge against Stan Wawrinka to set up a clash with Andy Murray at the ATP World Tour Finals; says his motivation and spirit is the same
London: Rafael Nadal claimed revenge against Stan Wawrinka to set up a clash with Andy Murray at the ATP World Tour Finals.
Rafael Nadal reacts after beating Stan Wawrinka on Monday. Pic/AFP
Nadal was making his return to the tournament after missing last year to recover from appendix surgery and he found himself up against the man who beat him at the Paris Masters a fortnight ago.
But this was not the same Wawrinka, with 35 unforced errors in 17 games from the Swiss a major factor in Nadal’s 6-3, 6-2 victory.
The fifth seed said: “I’m very happy to be back, the last year has been tough. I’m very happy to start like this, that’s important for my confidence. The last couple of weeks I’ve been playing well. I have the same motivation, the same spirit to keep improving my tennis.”
The round-robin clashes in last year’s tournament were nearly all disappointing and so far this edition seems to be heading the same way, with all four singles matches over in straight sets.
Nadal will now take on Murray, who beat David Ferrer 6-4, 6-4 in his opening match on Wednesday.