Nadal fights hard to beat Fish at ATP Finals

Nadal fights hard to beat Fish at ATP Finals

World No. 2 Rafael Nadal fought for almost three hours to overcome debutant Mardy Fish at the ATP World Tour Finals on Sunday.

Nadal met Fish, his first opponent in this year's Finals after Swiss legend Roger Federer beat Frenchman Jo-Wilfried Tsonga 6-2, 2-6 and 6-4 in the opening match in the afternoon.

The Spaniard took the first set 6-2 but lost the second to American top seed Fish 3-6 before fighting until the tiebreak to grab the win 7-6 (3) in the final set.

"It was a very important victory for me, for my confidence, to start the tournament with positive feelings," said Nadal who revealed that his stomach got something wrong during the match and that's why he went to the toilet after leading 2-0 in the third set.

"The third set was a little bit more crazy, up and down. But I felt very bad from the stomach since the beginning of the third. I was seriously really lucky for the victory, and I for sure am very happy," said the last year's runnerup.

Nadal will face defending champion Federer in his next group match, whom he believed was in good shape.

"It will be a challenge for me. He's playing fantastic, winning two tournaments in a row, and now today. It will be a very difficult match. I will try."

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