Nadal Wallops Wawrinka

Rafael Nadal has trounced Stanislas Wawrinka 6-3, 6-2 at the ATP World Tour Finals in Monday’s round robin action in London at the O2 Arena.  Nadal started off badly finding himself 0-40 down in the first game to Wawrinka.  The Spaniard came back and levelled 1-1 with another 40-0 game.  Nadal sent a sweeping forehand past his opponent to level the set.

It was an even contest until the 14-time Major winner won the seventh game from 30-15 down.  Nadal was under pressure on his own serve in the very next game but managed to win the deuce game to go up 5-3 before breaking the Swiss again to land the first set 6-3.  The king of clay opened the second set with a good forehand volley winner that was as graceful as it was delicate.

Wawrinka would hold serve but then the former world number one held and broke before holding again to go up 4-1 and the victory was within sight.  Wawrinka played a a stunning backhand winner in a tough service game to make it 5-2 but it still left Nadal with the opportunity to serve for the match.  Nadal held his nerve to secure his first win in the Illie Nastasie group ahead of his clash against hometown hero Andy Murray on Wednesday.