Nadal wins opener at the ATP World Tour Finals


The second match of Group Ilie Nastase got underway Monday evening with Stan Wawrinka taking on Rafael Nadal. And, through the medium of match chat, here’s a round-up of what happened.

This is going to be a good one!

Rafa serving to start play…

Wawrinka breaks early. 1-0 Stan

Wow! Look at Stan! What a backhand again!

Happy Slammer question: Does it look like the ball is bouncing weirdly on the court?Answer: Apparently the court is really slow.

Rafa has a chance to break back… 40-0

Two love breaks in a row! Bossorers

1-1

GAME FACES ARE ONNNN!

Rafa’s serves are killing me! Already great match!

2-1 Rafa

2-2

3-2 Rafa

Happy Slammer thought: I’d love to hear everyone’s bets for this match- but that would almost spoil it!
haha it’s probably gonna be 50/50!
You’re right- It’s so hard to pick between the two! If Stan gets some coffee though…

Another backhand from Stan….
Crazy good!

4-3 Rafa!!!

#BEASTMODE in control

40-40

RAFA BREAKS!

5-3

Rafa will serve for the set

Poor Stan’s racquet…

30-15

SET POINT FOR RAFA…

…GAME RAFA 6-3

We predict a fierce second set!

Happy Slammer question:What do you guys think then? Another two set wrap up? Or will this one go the distance?
Answer: Stan could take this and you know how Rafa likes to go the distance!

RETURN
NUTS!

So many wasted chances omg.

And Stan holds. 1-0 second set.

POINT!!!!!
What a point, Rafa
OMG THAT POINT!!

1-1

#rafatude on point!

Triple break point!!!
Rafa is on FIRE

He breaks. 2-1 for Rafa

Happy Slammer thought: Stan is playing bad
Response: Not bad exactly… he seems nervous, but that can’t be right… idk, maybe just feeling under pressure with being a set down?
He’s a little rattled it seems…

Hmmm yep Stan is not feeling it.
Seems to be getting frustrated with himself.

3-1 Rafa

Rafa is in control

Seems like this won’t be a “classic”… Stan should step up but Rafa has been really good.

4-1 Rafa

#rafatude #passionfire

Happy Slammer complaints: Lol thanks Stan for not letting me enjoy this match. Was so looking forward to it. Turned out Stan is completely OFF.
Response: Whenever the commentators say “this is going to be a close match,” it usually isn’t. Commentator’s curse…

THAT WAS AN AMAZING RALLY
Wow! Brilliant rally!

Happy Slammer jokes: Stan has two levels: God and beginner.
haha, #stanimal and #partystanimal

5-1 Rafa

Acewrinka

Happy Slammer discussions: omg what if Roger and Rafa retired in 2016- WHO WOULD STOP DJOKOVIC? IT WOULD BE AWFUL. Though if he wasn’t beating Rafa or Fed then I guess I wouldn’t mind so much.
Shtap it! We can’t say the R word.
God forbid. Have a feeling Rafa’s gonna do well next season. Really hope Roger gets his first GS since 2012. It’s been a long while for us Fed fans #wewantitsobadly

Woah nice FH

5-2

GOOOOODDD FOREHANDDDDDD

Rafwanska squat

2 match points for Rafa

6-3, 6-2 GSM

Post-match Happy Slammer thoughts: Was hoping for a longer match.
We were expecting one!

You can take the time you want to put your jacket on, Rafa.

Haha, camera autograph carnage as usual
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