IN PHOTOS: Rafa Nadal thrills Manila crowd in IPTL debut

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IN PHOTOS: Rafa Nadal thrills Manila crowd in IPTL debut

Josh Albelda

Nadal goes 2-0 in his first two sets

MANILA, Philippines – World no. 5 Rafael Nadal made his debut in the 2015 IPTL season in style by winning his first two games during day two of the Manila leg on Monday, December 7, at the Mall of Asia Arena.

Nadal paired up with Ivan Dodig as the duo defeated the team of Daniel Nestor and Tomas Berdych, 6-3. In men’s singles competition, Nadal won a close set against Berdych, 6-5 (7-3).

Nadal’s Micromax Indian Aces easily took down the OBI UAE Royals, 30 games to 18.

Check out some images of Nadal in action:

SERVING A GOOD ONE. Nadal's headband game was on point on Monday. Photo by Josh Albelda/Rappler

ALL HE DOES IS WIN. Nadal shows off some emotions while in action. Photo by Josh Albelda/Rappler

SERVED. Rafael Nadal showed the Philippines why he's ranked among the best tennis players in the world. File photo by Josh Albelda/Rappler

HUGE FAN. It looks like Nadal's supporters brought out all the stops to get his attention. Photo by Josh Albelda/Rappler

ROUSING. Nadal received quite a loud applause from the Manila crowd. File photo by Josh Albelda/Rappler

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