While not quite as dominating as he was during his first round match, Rafa had few problems with Roko Karanusic and won his second round match 6-2 6-3 6-2.
Both players held serve easily until the fifth game when Rafa took advantage of his first break opportunity. Rafa broke Karanusic’s next serve as well and was suddenly within one game of the first set. Karanusic had four break points in the next game, but after a few shaky serves, Rafa managed to serve it out.
Rafa broke early in the second set and things went along smoothly until the 7th game when Karanusic once again had break points – and started talking to himself big time. Rafa held and then broke in the next game to take the second set.
Karanusic had some brilliant shots in the third set, but couldn’t really string enough together to do damage to Rafa who broke in the 5th game of the third set.
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Stats after the break.
Some stats for Rafa:
1st Serve %: 68% (52/77)
Win % on 1st serve: 75% (39/52)
Win % on 2nd serve: 60% (15/25)
Double Faults: 2
Unforced Errors: 17
Receiving Points Won: 45% (29/64)
Break Point Conversions: 86% (6/7)
Total Points Won: 83
Net Approaches: 73% (19/26)
Fastest 1st Serve Speed: 195 KMH
Average 1st Serve Speed: 183 KMH
Average 2nd Serve Speed: 145 KMH