Spanish tennis star Rafael Nadal performed well in his first grass court match of the year beating three-time Grand Slam champion Stan Wawrinka 6-2 6-3 at the Giorgio Armani Tennis Classic in Hurlingham.
Nadal wasted no time on the pitch earning the first break of the match in game two and leading 3-0 after the first three games of the game. Wawrinka served in the fourth game to come back and cut the deficit to 1-3, but Nadal wasted no time in breaking again by breaking the Swiss in the sixth game to lead 5-1.
Nadal failed to serve for the first set in game seven, but earned his third break of the set in game eight, as Wawrinka served to stay in the first set.
After losing the first set, Wawrinka had the chance to start the second set with an early break, but he missed three consecutive break points in the first game.
In the fourth game, Nadal got the first break of the second set to lead 3-1, but Wawrinka came back in the fifth game. However, losing the first break of the second set had no impact on Nadal, who broke Wawrinka again in game six to lead 4-2.
Nadal then held his serve until the end of the match to earn a victory in straight sets.
Nadal off to a good start at Hurlingham Club
Last week, Nadal kicked off his preparation for Wimbledon.
After a week of training in Mallorca, Nadal said he was happy with the reaction of his foot and announced that he would play two exhibition matches at Hurlingham Club before Wimbledon.
Nadal will now play another game at Hurlingham as he will also face Felix Auger-Aliassime this week. Nadal has won the first two Grand Slams of the season and is aiming for a third Wimbledon title this year. The Spaniard hasn’t had a winning run at the All England Club since 2010.