World No. 2 Rafael Nadal got off to a winning start at the Nitto ATP Finals on Sunday night.
Our champ recorded his second win against the 23-year-old Russain Andrey Rublev 6-3, 6-4 in their first Group London match that lasted 78 minutes.
He has now won 70 matches in a row after winning the first set, the last time he lost from a set up being a 3-6, 7-6 (2), 7-6 (6) loss to Nick Kyrgios in the quarterfinals of Acapulco in February 2019.
After the match, Rafa said:
I think it has been a positive start for me. Always, the first match is very tricky. Here, every match is difficult, you play against the best of the best so very happy, sorry for Rublov [sic] but I wish him the very best for the rest of the tournament. He had an amazing season even under these very difficult conditions. We had the season and he was able to win a lot of titles so it’s an important victory for me.
Rafa will enjoy a day off before Group London 2020 hits the court again. On Tuesday he will face Dominic Thiem, who defeated defending champion Stefanos Tsitsipas in three sets earlier today.