In his first match in Shanghai, Rafael Nadal has defeated Stanislas Wawrinka, extending his perfect record against the Swiss world number 21. Rafa will now face Jurgen Melzer in the third round. The match was fairly routine for Nadal who only committed 12 unforced errors to Wawrinka’s 36.
“It is a very good result. Wawrinka is a very good player and is very difficult to have a victory today in straight sets. I am happy for that. For sure, it wasn’t easy, but it wasn’t one of these very, very difficult days.”
The Spanish world number 1 hasn’t only been experiencing success on-court but also in Play Station doubles with Juan Monaco against Andy Murray and Dani Vallverdu. While Rafa and Pico maintain that they won the challenge, the Murray-Vallverdu duo debate the outcome.
“Basically we agreed to play best of three. They won the first match. The second match went into extra time, and they decided if it went to penalties, it didn’t count because they didn’t know how to take penalties. So the match finished as a draw. They said, ‘Okay, we’re not playing. Didn’t want to play penalties. We drew the game.’ I think we won that one because they didn’t want to take the penalties. Then we won the third game. Then they wanted to play a fourth one, which they won. So I think it was 2-2. They think it was 2-1 for them. But we were the better team, so that was the most important thing” – Andy Murray
“I am not going to answer because everybody who was there knows who won yesterday night. So if he’s happy coming here and lying to everybody, it’s okay. But we won, that’s true. Monaco and me, we won 2-1. That’s true.” – Rafael Nadal