Rafa snoozes, uh, cruises past Tursunov

(AP Photo/Mark Avery)

(AP Photo/Mark Avery)

Rafa took on 27th ranked Dmitry Tursunov of Russia tonight on the main court at Indian Wells. They had only met one time prior to tonight with Rafa winning that match. It was a low-key and workman-like match from both players with Rafa winning 6-3 6-3. There might not have been oodles of excitement, but the most important thing is that Rafa is through to the next round where he’ll play Nalbandian – who has beaten Rafa in their two previous meetings.

Stats:

Nadal Tursunov
Statistics on Serve
Aces 3 7
Double Faults 3 2
1st Serve % 58% 57%
1st Serve Points Won 27/30 (90%) 23/34 (68%)
2nd Serve Points Won 11/22 (50%) 12/26 (46%)
Break Points Saved 1/1 (100%) 4/7 (57%)
Service Games Played 9 9
Statistics on Return
1st Return Points Won 11/34 (32%) 3/30 (10%)
Second Return Points Won 14/26 (54%) 11/22 (50%)
Break Points Won 3/7 (43%) 0/1 (0%)
Return Games Played 9 9
Statistics on Points
Total Service Points Won 38/52 (73%) 35/60 (58%)
Total Return Points Won 25/60 (42%) 14/52 (27%)
Total Points Won 63/112 (56%) 49/112 (44%)

As it happened notes:

Look like the players arrive in the tunnel in little golf carts. They look silly sitting there in them.

More U2 as they take the court. Again, I approve.

They just showed a row of people with letters painted on their tummies spelling out *heart* R. Nadal! Oookay.

Kalliopeia: do you get the idea that those guys wrote his name on their chests in an attempt to get in good with the girls who were doing it too?
Kalliopeia: hee
Kalliopeia: “Dude, just paint an L on your chest. We might get lucky!”

I think I saw some ladies with vamosbrigade.com on their shirts.

Tursunov starts things off with an easy hold. Rafa follows with the same. Pretty dull points so far. Rafa up double break point. Oh look! An actual rally. Rafa breaks. Easy hold for Rafa. Match still pretty dull – workman like.

Kalliopeia: The dudes who painted his name on their chests is going to be the most exciting moment of this match, isn’t it.

Tursunov holds: 3-2. Even the monotone announcer is calling the match subdued. Rafa holds: 4-2. Tursunov holds for 4-3. *yawn* Oh look, a graphic showing that Rafa’s doing his usual “standing way back to return” thing. Tursunov seems to be asking the chair where his coach is. The heck? Well, I guess that was kind of interesting. First big Rafa grunts of the evening. That should help heat things up.

mrii: Marc-y Marc Lopez in da stands! Yay!
Kalliopeia: woo!
Kalliopeia: I love him.
miri: is marclopez.com taken? ;)
Kalliopeia: Him and Baghdatis need to play doubles together when Rafa isn’t available, and I would die of happiness.
miri: well, I wouldn’t want you to expire
Kalliopeia: Oh, I’d manage. I NEED to see that.
Kalliopeia: can you imagine? They’d be so busy smiling and being adorable that they wouldn’t ever get a point.

Tursunov takes Rafa to deuce in the 8th game, but Rafa pulls it out for 5-3. Rafa gets a break point thanks to a super-low return that Tursunov can’t pick up off the court. And, that’s all she wrote: first set to Rafa.

Rafa starts off set two with a nice hold. Tursunov’s game is a bit tighter, but he holds.

miri: Ha!
Kalliopeia: omg. the dude with the heart looks so humiliated.
miri: and skinny
miri: and about to lose his shorts
Kalliopeia: “Why do I have to have the heart! Did we draw straws while I was asleep? I hate all of you.”

Rafa up 2-1 in the second set. Match still boring. I think the change-overs are more interesting than the match.

Kalliopeia: I need my measuring tape and it’s all the way across the room. I’ll have to get up and upset my delicate balance of laptop and yarn.
miri: disaster!
Kalliopeia: it could be, you never know!
miri: more interesting than the match

Tursunov keeps getting ahead on his serves, Rafa catches up and then Tursunov pulls it out. This game, however, he netted a ball when they were at deuce and Rafa has a break point. Tursunov steps it up a notch and fires off a forehand winner: deuce. Ace. Game. 2-2 second set.

Cheeky shot by Rafa. He holds at love. Easy hold for Tursunov. Oh look – another rally. Rafa holds for 4-3.

I’m playing fetch with my cat. He runs after the ball with as much intensity as Rafa.

Kalliopeia: Man, he’s going to have to play better than this against Nalby
miri: Yeah. Although, it might depend on which Nalby shows up.

I’m getting disco lines on my live feed. They are giving me a headache. Again Tursunov gets behind and then serves his way out of it – but this time he follows that up with a ball into the net and Rafa has a break point. Rafa hits a ball long and asks hawkeye to prove it – which it does. Another break point. This time Rafa hits a return low and at the feat of Tursunov who was serving and volleying. Tursunov can’t get the low ball over the net and Rafa breaks for 5-3. He’ll serve for the match next.

miri: They should have a contest where a fan can win the opportunity to run the “Rafa ass cam” for at least one receiving game

A little bit of drama as Tursunov gets a break point on a weak service game from Rafa. Tursunov yells at a guy in the stands to sit still and the chair backs him up. Deuce. A nice forehand down the line takes Rafa to match point and what is, I think, our first mini fist pump of the night. And that’s it: Rafa wins 6-3 6-3.

5 Responses

  1. Kalliopeia says:

    Rafa was too bored to fist pump. Though I do actually think there was one when he lobbed Dmitry.

    • miri says:

      Oh. Maybe I was napping then. Bad Rafa-fan missing a fist pump!

    • tiemyshoe says:

      That lob was sweeet. And basically the only highlight. It was sort of the tennis equivalent of being on an assembly line. Forehand, backhand, forehand, serve. Clock out.

      Although there was one moment when someone in the crowd yelled “Vamos Rafa!” and Dima said, “Like he needs your help right now.” Heh.

      • miri says:

        I remember the lob, but not the aftermath. My feed was freezing up from time to time – I knew there’d been some sort of exchange with Tursunov/crowd but didn’t know the details. Thanks…and hee!

        And totally agree about the match. It was one of those matches where you realize it is a job for them and they were having a normal, boring day at the office.

  2. CC says:

    Once again, thanks for match report, Miri!

    Yaaawwwnnn… I got up in the middle of the night looking forward to some exciting tennis and you get…THIS? It upsets me a bit that there is Tursunov playing the best man in the world and having nothing to lose, this is all he can come up with? I think Rafa was so bored just looking at the guy, he couldn’t even play well himself!
    Highlights of the match for me was Rafa picking at his sweatbands during change over and some nice shots of his bottom.