RAFAEL NADAL clinched the win in a late night thriller on the first day of the Barclays ATP World Tour Finals.
The World No 2 beat Mardy Fish 6-2 3-6 7-6, with the tie break not ending til about half past eleven. Earlier in the match, the Spaniard had to leave the court due to sickness.
"I feel not very well now... I really need to come back to hotel and rest a little bit because I played for one hour suffering a lot," he said after the match.
Earlier in the day, Roger Federer beat the charismatic Frenchman, Jo-Wilfried Tsonga, avenging his Quarter Final defeat at Wimbledon this year.
Organisers reported a full capacity for both the afternoon session and the evening session.
British No 1 Andy Murray takes to the court this afternoon as he goes head to head with David Ferrer.
Photos: Gerard Chaustow