Hello, Barcelona

(Photo by AFP PHOTO/JOSEP LAGO)

(Photo by AFP PHOTO/JOSEP LAGO)

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.

Stats:

Nadal Gil
Statistics on Serve
Aces 1 3
Double Faults 0 3
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…

8 Responses

  1. johanne says:

    Didn’t get to see the match so thanks for this! Sounds like Rafa is feeling good.

    Speaking of Marc!, I think he was playing doubles this week (without Rafa that is…sad). But as much as I love when they play together, I think it’s wise Rafa skipped doubles in both Monte Carlo and Barcelona. Shows he’s thinking about his health! I think he wants to kick ass in Rome this year. VAMOS!

  2. Colin says:

    Hi Miri – you said you found a feed for the match with Gil – would you mind telling me which one you used? I was looking for one but couldn’t find one anywhere :-(

  3. Colin says:

    Brilliant – thanks Miri!!!

  4. AnaR says:

    Hello everyone. Today in Barcelona well really throughout Catalonia celebrates the traditional San Jordi’s Day (Saint George). The custom is, give roses and books to everyone because in Spain is the day of the book. But especially in Catalonia. Booksellers expect in Barcelona, like last year, sales reached at least 20 million euros that were reached last year. Curious and nice custom right?. As the tournament Conde Godó is here and our beloved Rafa is here in his tennis club and he has always been here, I thought that was interesting for our American friends and fans of Rafa. A big hug from Spain.

    • tiemyshoe says:

      How fantastic! As a bookworm, I absolutely love that there’s a day of the book in Spain. Another reason to move…