Rafael Nadal loses to Milos Raonic, Indian Aces suffer first IPTL loss

Philippine Mavericks overcame Indian Aces by a single point, with Rafael Nadal losing out in a tense finale with Milos Raonic on day three of the International Premier Tennis League in Manila.

Rafa made a winning start on Monday, helping the defending champions to an impressive 30-18 victory over UAE Royals. He carried his form into the men’s doubles on Tuesday, triumphing alongside Ivan Dodig, but the overall scores were level at 19-19 ahead of his decider with Raonic.

Raonic battled from behind against Rafa to force a shootout, which he won 7-6 to earn the Mavericks a slender 25-24 victory and inflict the Aces first loss in the competition – though they remain top of the table.

After the match, Rafa said:

I loved the energy out there today. I had my chances, it could have gone either ways, but it was a great match. It was a great afternoon. Great tennis. I had the final point for the Aces but I came back 2 breaks down during the set. And he played great and I missed him by two forehands at the end. But it was great fantastic energy out there and I enjoyed the crowd. I enjoyed playing the doubles too, Ivan is a fantastic doubles player and I play singles well, so it was a good combination.

Sources: yahoo.com, iptlworld.com

6 comments

  1. Thank you, Rafa, for coming to the Philippines and showing your millions of adoring fans here that magnificent tennis can be played while having a good time by a great champion. We love to welcome you back next year!

  2. Good match. The most important thing was to see how you enjoyed yourself. You were all smiles.
    Great team effort. .

    Loveeeeeeeeeeeeeee you Rafa.💖 always. As I always said , wud love to see you in person.
    And just wanna hold your hand once. It is my lifetime wish.
    I hope it is fulfilled someday.

  3. Home late from work so watched recording, so close and Rafael really enjoying himself. Great doubles with Ivan.

  4. Én nagyon örülök, hogy Rafa ilyen jól játszott. Ő még most kezdett ezzel a rendszerrel megismerkedni. Az biztos, hogy Ő maga is nagyon élvezte. Rafát játszani látni a pályán mindennél többet jelent!!!!

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