Smooth sailing

(Photo by JOSEP LAGO/AFP/Getty Images)

(Photo by JOSEP LAGO/AFP/Getty Images)

Despite buckets and buckets of rain Monday and Tuesday, Rafa started his Rome adventure on time today. He played #37 Andreas Seppi from Italy in the second round of the event. The day had already seen quite a few upsets and Rafa was broken in the very first game of the match. It was smooth sailing from there on out, however, and Rafa is through to the next round: 6-2 6-3.


Nadal Seppi
Statistics on Serve
Aces 1 2
Double Faults 0 2
1st Serve % 68% 66%
1st Serve Points Won 24/30 (80%) 21/33 (64%)
2nd Serve Points Won 10/14 (71%) 5/17(29%)
Break Points Saved 2/3 (67%) 3/7 (43%)
Service Games Played 9 8
Statistics on Return
1st Return Points Won 12/33 (36%) 6/30 (20%)
Second Return Points Won 12/17 (71%) 4/14 (29%)
Break Points Won 4/7 (57%) 1/3 (33%)
Return Games Played 8 9
Statistics on Points
Total Service Points Won 34/44 (77%) 26/50 (52%)
Total Return Points Won 24/50 (48%) 10/44 (23%)
Total Points Won 58/94 (62%) 36/94 (38%)

9 Responses

  1. patzin says:

    Rafa started slow, as he sometimes does, and successfully completed his first match. He does enough to win, 99% of the time. Yeah.

  2. rez says:

    Lovely to see how he meticulously faced the water bottles to his side when he hit them. Rafa and his rituals…:)

  3. faecoleman says:

    Awh so glad Rafa’s through I missed the whole match and got back for the on court interview on Sky sports. There’s no highlights later so hopefully they’ll put some on earlier tommorow. I was really worried though as their had been an upset earlier in the day with Andy Murray losing and now I hear Ferrer, Davydenko, and Tsongo against Gasquet, that was a surprise, Tsonga is obviously not comfortable on Clay, Keep up the good work Rafa.. I hear Roger got through easy too.

  4. sG says:

    Hey, there’s a video making the rounds of Rafa making that pretty sweet shot, knocking over his water bottles, then fixing them with due diligence. LOL It is hilarious.

  5. rafandready says:

    Love that clip, it’s fab!

  6. sG says:

    Yeah, I saw it on Craig Hickman’s blog and laughed myself silly. I instantly came here but didn’t see a post on it yet so I thought I’d share. ^^

  7. faecoleman says:

    Thanks for that article Rez.