Nadal won his first-ever match in the O2 arena, cheered on by a bevy of celebrity beauties, including Kylie Minogue, January Jones and Rose Byrne. Oh, and Carlos Moya, of course.
Swimsuit Model Brooklyn Decker did her best to compete:
Otherwise, it was a fugly day two at the World Tour Finals, best summarized by Nadal’s “D’OH!” palm to forehand gesture in the first set. Like Cher on a red carpet, fugly can be pretty dang entertaining, though. Here are the highlights: So what can Andy and Rafa take from this match? Nadal has to be pleased at the victory, on principle alone, and as a sign that his mental toughness can push him through even when he’s serving at 85 mph. As for Roddick, he was up a set and a break – and a minibreak in the 2nd set tie-breaker – but his 140 sledgehammer went blunt. (Drinking game for teetotalers: chug every time Roddick hits a ball up the line. You’ll be sober as a Lindsay Lohan’s judge.) Then again, it’s not like Andy’s been tearing up the indoor carpet this fall. Taking the World No. 1 to three is nothing to be ashamed of, and he’s still better off than old Berdych, who was shot down in straights by Novak Djokovic: 3-6, 3-6.
“There is no easy match, easy opponent, whatever,” Djokovic said (via Tennis.com) Let me finish his phrase: “except for that match today vs. Berdych. Phew, that was a cake walk!”
Tomas Berdych continues to underwhelm after some great mid-season results. Nole played well without having to expend any of his Davis Cup reserves. He’s going to need a full tank when he meets Rafa on Wednesday. Guaranteed that’s going to be a CRACKER!
But before we can enjoy that one, Roger fans will have to endure the agony of him playing best of three against Andy Murray on a surface seemingly made for the Scot. (Though Todd Martin’s going out on a limb and picking Fed in tow tie-breaks.) Sunday’s losers, Robin Soderling and David Ferrer, will play for a W in the evening match.