Delhi, 10th December 2015:Tennis fans in Delhi enjoyed an ace evening, as the home team got off to a terrific start at the IGI Stadium. With tennis superstar Rafael Nadal at the helm of affairs complimented ably by the Indian mixed doubles pair of Sania Mirza and Rohan Bopanna, and Agnieszka Radwanka, who is making her IPTL debut too, the evening ended with a perfect score for the Indian Aces at the end of day one’s play.
Mirza/Bopanna won the opening set convincingly 6-2 over the first-time pairing of Tomljanovic/Huey for the Mavericks.
In the women’s singles, Radwanska, making her debut in the IPTL, had a short stint on the court, wrapping it up 6-1 against Jarmila Gajdosova.
Magician Santoro showcased his vintage magic to Delhi fans, against an out-of-rhythm Philippoussis taking the set 6-1.
Taking the court amidst a loud uproar, Nadal/Bopanna put up a great fight against Roger-Vasselin/Huey; their clever shot-making winning it for the Aces yet again with a score of 6-4.
In the showcase match of the evening, Rafael Nadal showcased his tennis superiority over Edouard Roger-Vasselin closing out the set 6-4.
For the first match of the day, it was the Obi UAE Royals facing off against the Legendari Japan Warriors, with the latter getting their first win of the season scoring 24-21. Ana Ivanovic won it convincingly for the UAE Royals, in 26 short minutes winning it 6-2 over young Kurumi Nara.
With Safin still struggling with an injury that he picked in Manila, Thomas Enqvist stepped in for him. But Goran proved the mightier of the two, winning the set 6-4, giving the Royals a 2 set lead.
The men’s doubles was an exciting match, the crowd clearly supporting home star Leander who paired Herbert for the Warriors. The duo won it 6-3 for the Warriors, in what proved to be the turning point of the match in their favor.
In the men’s singles, Herbert stepped in for Kohlschreiber who called in sick. Boosted with the previous set win, Herbert created an upset winning it 6-4 against Berdych, equalling the score for his team.
The mixed doubles was clearly the shortest set of the evening, with Lucic/Herbert taking it away 6-2 over Mladenovic/Nestor.