There was controversy at the match too. During the tie-break of the second set, Tsonga was leading 6-2 and Nadal saved three set points. At 6-5 up, Tsonga marked a ball on the line, but one of the judges said out. The point was played again, but Tsonga argued with umpire Mohamed Lahyani for almost one minute.
Then, the French had a new ace. “I think it’s unfair,” Nadal said. “He’s been talking to you for almost two minutes, but it’s fine,” he added. The Spaniard remained focused and won the third set and the match.
Okay, that’s a bit interesting. I was watching the match without sound (I didn’t want to let my training instructor know I was…uh…multi-tasking and not paying that much attention to the lecture) and was wondering what the heck was going on towards the end of that tie-break.
Nadal started off his quarterfinal match completely dictating play. He appeared to take Tsonga somewhat by surprise with the tactic of playing far more aggressively than he ordinarily would. The Spaniard was particularly tough on serve.
“This was definitely my best match of the week,” said Nadal after two hours, 40 minutes in a contest where Tsonga fired six aces.
“This was a completely different match from my first two … today I played my best tennis so far in Rotterdam,” Nadal told reporters after an encounter lasting two hours 40 minutes.