The Spanish tennis player Rafa Nadal surpassed the Russian this Sunday Andrey Rublev by 6-3 and 6-4 in his debut in the ATP Finals, which are played this week at the O2 in London, and meets in the semifinals with the Austrian Dominic Thiem he took revenge on the Greek Stefanos Tsitsipas (7-6 (5), 4-6, 6-3), after the end of the year past.

A simple win against an intimidated rival to lead the London 2020 Group after the first day. Nadal started with that intention, play solid and make the young and debutant doubt, and he more than succeeded. The number two in the world took the first step towards the title of Master, the great absence in their windows.

Nadal, a two-time finalist in the tournament that brings together the eight best of the season, scored the first manga in just over half an hour. Rublev showed his nerves on the serve, unable to land a first serve, while the Spaniard won his turn blank or almost. It was a step ahead of the rest in Nadal.

In a long sixth game came the ‘break’ of the Balearic, and the racket to the floor of the Russian. The champion of 20 ‘greats’ certified the set with that advantage and in the second he made derail your opponent in the first game. Still out of place, Rublev gave up his kickoff and gave the Spaniard half a game, willing not to fail even though his rival seemed entangled in mismanagement of emotions.

The champion of five tournaments this year did not get three good shots in a row. Meanwhile, Nadal followed his own, in case Rublev appeared between rackets in desperation. The one from Manacor maintained a reliable serve and a winning forehand to close on the fast track a solid triumph that does not serve as much filming, but it does trust for Tuesday to raise the level against Thiem.