Nadal beats Roddick in three set thriller at The O2
Rafael Nadal and Andy Roddick kick-started the Barclays ATP World Tour Finals with a pulsating match at The O2 last night.
World number one Nadal, who struggled to hold his serve in the early stages, was pushed all the way by Roddick in a three set thriller - by far the most exciting match seen on court so far this week.
Nadal finally overcame his American opponent 3-6 7-6 (7-5) 6-4, eventually shaking off the rustiness evident after five weeks away from the sport with injury. It was his first victory at The O2, after he lost all three of his matches at the venue last year.
He said: "Finally to win a match here is very important for me. I can play with a little bit more calm in the next match.
"I was a little bit lucky. I started the match a little bit nervous. Five weeks without playing, and playing against the best players in the world on the most difficult surface for me, the first match will always be difficult."
Earlier in the day Novak Djokovic comprehensively outplayed Tomas Berdych to win their clash 6-3 6-3.
This afternoon Andy Murray takes on Roger Federer in one of the most keenly anticipated matches of the tournament.