Rafa started his attempt at another five-peat by taking on world #75 Frederico Gil of Portugal. These two played recently on the hard-courts of Miami and Gil was able to push Rafa back a bit with his hard flat forehand. But this is clay and we know what that means. It was a nice drama-free match for Rafa: 6-2 6-2.
|Statistics on Serve|
|1st Serve %||67%||67%|
|1st Serve Points Won||23/34 (68%)||20/38 (53%)|
|2nd Serve Points Won||12/17 (71%)||10/19 (53%)|
|Break Points Saved||3/3 (100%)||3/7 (43%)|
|Service Games Played||8||8|
|Statistics on Return|
|1st Return Points Won||18/38 (47%)||11/34 (32%)|
|Second Return Points Won||9/19 (47%)||5/17 (29%)|
|Break Points Won||4/7 (57%)||0/3 (0%)|
|Return Games Played||8||8|
|Statistics on Points|
|Total Service Points Won||35/51 (69%)||30/57 (53%)|
|Total Return Points Won||27/57 (47%)||16/51 (31%)|
|Total Points Won||62/108 (57%)||46/108 (43%)|
As it happened blatherings:
Not many blathering today because it took me awhile to find a feed and I was getting ready for work while watching the match. Stupid work getting in the way of tennis!
It’s always so much fun to watch the opponent looking hapless at the net while Rafa’s firing off a cross-court forehand pass.
Rafa converted both of his break points in the first set.
I don’t understand the commentators on the live feed, but I just heard them mention Marc! This makes me happy.
Rafa breaks on his first opportunity in the second set.
Oye. I’m supposed to be at work right now. I guess I should finish getting ready and go…