Rafael Nadal: 'Milos Raonic was very unlucky in the first set'

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Rafael Nadal: 'Milos Raonic was very unlucky in the first set'

Rafael Nadal defeated Milos Raonic in straight sets, 6-3 7-6, to open his campaign at the Laver Cup in Geneva on a high note. The Spanish player said: “I feel very lucky in the first set. An unlucky set for him, I think he deserved it for sure.

Later in the match, I started to play better with a higher percentage on the serve and start moving myself a little bit better. I think in the end I played a very good tiebreak with some good shots, so very happy to help Team Europe be 7-3 – it’s great news for us”.

John Isner defeated Alexander Zverev in three sets. The American said: "Maybe we’re turning the tables just a little bit. Team World is in this and we’re here to win, so let’s get it going! I wasn’t making any inroads on his serve at all and he was the better player for 85% of that match.

Of course, I got a little lucky at 4-4 but once I got up 5-4, I had a lot of momentum, and I think I showed that in the tiebreaker." Roger Federer felt proud with his three-set win over Nick Kyrgios at the Laver Cup in Geneva.

The 20-time Grand Slam winner said: “It was really close that first set so it was tough to lose. The crowd could feel it, I could feel it. I needed to get some energy going but you can’t do that if you don’t play any good shots and Nick was playing very well.

I was just trying to stay focused. If you can turn the momentum, the crowd gets back into it and I need some earplugs next time, it was just phenomenal”.