Rafa roars into the quarterfinals

Roar! (Photo by TORSTEN BLACKWOOD/ AFP/ Getty Images)

Roar! (Photo by TORSTEN BLACKWOOD/ AFP/ Getty Images)

Rafa defeated Fernando Gonzalez of Chile 6-3-6-2 6-4 to move into the quarter finals where he will meet Gilles Simon. He is the only one to make it through to the quarters without losing a set.

Gonzalez got one point in the first game and didn’t get his next point until game four which he won at love. Gonzo broke in game five to put the set back on serve. He couldn’t consolidate, however, and Rafa broke back the next game to take things to 4-2. Rafa had a break point on Gonzo’s serve at 2-5, but Gonzo managed to hold and make Rafa serve it out.

The next set started out with a break in the first game and Rafa was quickly up to 2-0. Rafa broke again in the fourth game and only allowed Gonzo to win one more game in the set.

Rafa seemed to take a little bit of a mental break and was making some questionable shot choices at the beginning of the third set. Gonzo broke in the second game of the third set when Rafa dumped an attempted drop shot into the net. He followed that up with a loose game that helped Gonzo hold. Rafa woke back up in the fourth game to stop the onslaught and get on the board in the set. He followed that up by breaking Gonzo at love and, just like that, momentum was back on his side and stayed there for the next three games. Gonzo held at 3-5 to make Rafa serve for the set.

Stats after the break.

Some stats for Rafa:
Aces: 4
Double Faults: 0
1st Serve %: 67% (49/73)
Win % on 1st serve: 78% (38/49)
Win % on 2nd serve: 63% (15/24)
Winners: 33
Unforced Errors: 11
Receiving Points Won: 49% (45/91)
Break Point Conversions: 46% (6/13)
Total Points Won: 96
Net Approaches: 71% (10/14)