PHOTOS: Rafael Nadal opens season with win over Nikoloz Basilashvili at ATP Cup

World No.1 Rafael Nadal gave Spain an unassailable 2-0 lead in the tie with a 6-3, 7-5 win over Nikoloz Basilashvili of Team Georgia at the RAC Arena in Perth.

It followed a quick Roberto Bautista victory, 6-0, 6-0 over Aleksandre Metreveli, that set up an unbeatable 2-0 lead ahead of the final doubles clash on Saturday night.

It feels like the 2019 season didn’t end yet, everything is too short. But I’m super, super happy to be here in Perth for the first time in my life. Amazing experience, one of the nicest arenas that I ever played.

It’s a tough first match of the season, of course. Nikoloz is a great player with great victories on tour so yeah not an easy start.

It’s true I had the match under control 6-3 5-2 with a double break but then he played some good games and I had some mistakes.

You have a couple of mistakes against a player like him and you’re in trouble. Luckily I played a good game in the 5-5 game and was able to close the match now.

I love playing for my country, it’s always a big honour to play not just for me and my team – my personal team – but to play for the rest of my friends and the country, it’s an extra motivation.

We had a great experience a few weeks ago winning the Davis Cup in Madrid and now here we are so we’re going to try our best.

Rafa Nadal

Source: metro.co.uk

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13 comments

  1. Congratulations, Rafa and Team Spain.👏 Good luck on Monday.🍀 Vamos💪
    Happy New Year🥳 Wishing you good health, happiness, and success always!❤️

  2. Rafa it was a special feeling to see you plAy in person n I cheered you on. Can’t wait to see you play again on Monday. The Perth people just loved having you in our town at long last n hope this will be the first of many more! Vamos Rafa. Your Aussie Abuela Nan Shirley.. 🏆🏆🏆👑👑👑🎊🎊🎉🎉

    • Lucky you, Shirley, I had to endure the wait as Channel 9 had Djokovic and Anderson. Only watched the second set of Rafa’s match when the score was at 5-2.

      I wish Channel 9 dedicates at least 2 channel for important matches such as those of last night, numbers 1 & 2 were playing for Teams Spain & Serbia, almost simultaneously.

      A win is a win, whether it’s a breeze or hard-fought, and therfore hard-earned. To me, the latter is always sweeter!

      Go get ’em, Team Spain!

  3. Congrats, Rafael. Happy New Year-great to begin the year with a win. Enjoy your time in Perth.
    👏💪🤛👍👑❤️🎾🇪🇸

  4. VAMOS SWEETHEART!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! : ) CONGRATULATIONS ON YOUR BEAUTIFUL FEISTY VICTORY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! : ) IT IS SO BEAUTIFUL AND EXCITING AND AWESOME TO WATCH YOU FIGHT AND WIN NO MATTER HOW.!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! : ) XOXOXOXOXOXOXOXOXOXOXOXOX WE LOVE YOU SWEETHEART AND VAMOS FOR HELPING TEAM SPAIN!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!: ) A GREAT WIN!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! : ) WELL DONE SWEETHEART!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! : ) IT SHOWS YOUR PASSION AND FIGHTING AND DETERMINATION!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! : ) LOVED YOUR STRONG POWERFUL RETURNS AND PRECIOUS EFFECTIVE SERVE AND EVERYTHING YOU DID!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! : ) YOU LOOKED ENERGETIC AND FIT AND MIGHTY GORGEOUS OUT THERE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! : ) VAMOS SWEETHEART!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! : ) GOT UP EARLY AM, WATCHED THE WHOLE MATCH ON MY PC, AND WHEN I TRIED TO COMMENT ON MY CELL FOR SOME REASON THE USUAL PURPLE TURQUOISE ICON NEXT TO Fan love WOULD NOT APPEAR …AS IT HAS BEEN LIKE THAT FOR THE LAST FEW DAYS WHEN TRYING TO LEAVE A COMMENT, SO I AM ONLY COMMENTING NOW ON THE PC…..ANYWAYS, IT WAS GREAT TO SEE YOU FEISTY AND STUBBORN HOLDING AND MERGING VICTORIOUS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! : ) GO RAFA GO AND VAMOS SWEETHEART!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! : ) ENJOY A GREAT EVENING AND A BEAUTIFUL TOMORROW!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! : ) IT WAS LOVELY TO SEE ROIG AND RAFAEL BESIDE YOU AND SAW RAFAEL HAD A PC INFRONT OF HIM RIGHT THERE……VAMOS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! : ) THE UMPIRE MR. NOUR ADEL IS PROFESSIONAL AND ALWAYS CONDUCTS MATCHES WITH STYLE AD FAIRNESS! HAVE FUN SWEETHEART AND ENJOY EVERYTHING!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! : ) XOXOXOXOXOXOXOXOXOXOXOX

  5. Rafa congratulations well don champ vamosssssssssss all the way love your fans

  6. Congratulations Rafa well don vamossssssssss champ we love you 🇺🇸🎾❤️😘👍🇺🇸🎾❤️😘🎾😘

    • Really classy, Khawartaimoor!

      Pardon me Rafa, but your slip er, your breeding is showing.

      Love the win! Love the acknowledgement of all members of the Georgia Team by Rafa after the match even more!

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