Rafael Nadal makes a winning IPTL debut in Manila

Rafael Nadal, the marquee signing and captain of the Indian Aces, made his IPTL debut today, walking onto court to thunderous applause and cheers from the Manila crowd.

Our champ won both his sets, in the men’s doubles with Ivan Dodig against Tomas Berdych and Daniel Nestor, 6-4, and in the men’s singles versus Berdych 6-5(3).

After the match, Rafa said:

Yes, good time. Thank you very much. I’m very happy. Fantastic crowd here in the Philippines.

All results:

  • Mixed Doubles: Sania Mirza/Rohan Bopanna (Indian Aces) def. Kristina Mladenovic/Daniel Nestor (UAE Royals) 6-4
  • Women’s Singles: Samantha Stosur (Indian Aces) def. Kristina Mladenovic (UAE Royals) 6-3
  • Fabrice Santoro (Indian Aces) def. Goran Ivanisevic (UAE Royals) 6-3
  • Men’s Doubles: Rafael Nadal/Ivan Dodig (Indian Aces) def. Daniel Nestor/Tomas Berdych (UAE Royals) 6-3
  • Rafael Nadal (Indian Aces) vs Tomas Berdych (UAE Royals) 6-5(7-3)
  • India (30) def. UAE (18)

Source: Yahoo Sports


  1. When we see your “BIG SMILE”, we know you are enjoying the game and so us too… That is why your presence at IPTL Manila leg is undoubtedly GREAT MOMENTS for your FILIPINO FANS. Oh how i wish… can it be possible to have an ASIAN GRAND SLAM too? Perhaps it can be rotated to different Asian countries, and one is Philippines to host?

  2. Well done Rafa, coming to the Phillipines,and soon to Sydney on the 11th january,when I will get to see you play.Keep on with your amazing Spirit,love,AlaineXX

  3. i must be way behind the wheel . What are you doing in Manila? Have I missed a whole new phase of your career?

  4. All good signs for 2016 😀😄 Ignore the wedding news of your compatriots, you and Mary will wed when it suits you both xx

  5. I was ever so happy to see you. With the million dollar smile.
    You have made a great start.
    Loveeeeeeeeeeeeeee you forever.
    Hope n pray some day I will be able to see you in person.
    It is a wish that I will always have. Just to hold your hand.
    All the best for 2016.

  6. Wow, have a day off work so watched the tennis from Manila. Our champion was in fine fettle, he and Ivan Dodig made a great doubles pairing, some fantastic tennis in that match. In the singles he came back to beat TB, again the tennis was great to watch. He was smiling, happy to be part of a team and did the crowd love him. He was on a Charm Offensive but it is so natural and winning. Uncle Toni in the audience.
    Notice that his Facebook numbers have increased over the past couple of days. Sky TV interviewed him, good interview until the ” marriage question”, he handled it with grace. Incidentally David Ferrer, Nicolas Almagro and Marc Lopez all married over the past few days. Best wishes to them and their partners.

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