It was a rematch of the 2007 final as Rafa took on #13 Fernando Gonzalez today. Rafa ruled that match, would the same be true today? The match started well, hit a rough patch and then Rafa steam-rollered through the end. Rafa wins 6-3 6-3. He’ll take on Djokovic tomorrow in a repeat of the Monte-Carlo final.
|Statistics on Serve|
|1st Serve %||74%||61%|
|1st Serve Points Won||27/34 (79%)||22/31 (71%)|
|2nd Serve Points Won||6/12 (50%)||6/20 (30%)|
|Break Points Saved||0/1 (0%)||3/7(43%)|
|Service Games Played||9||9|
|Statistics on Return|
|1st Return Points Won||9/31 (29%)||7/34 (21%)|
|Second Return Points Won||14/20 (70%)||6/12 (50%)|
|Break Points Won||4/7 (57%)||1/1 (100%)|
|Return Games Played||9||9|
|Statistics on Points|
|Total Service Points Won||33/46 (72%)||28/51 (55%)|
|Total Return Points Won||23/51 (45%)||13/46 (28%)|
|Total Points Won||56/97(58%)||41/97 (42%)|
As it happened blatherings:
Rafa wins the toss and will receive. Shocking! ;)
@Ataraxis00: @nadalnews lol You don’t say! Feeling good about this match today? I hope he has a good quick start, make Gonzo break his racquet.
It’s Rafa on clay, how can I not feel good about it?
Kalliopeia: they always talk like Gonzo is going to be a huge problem. and I mean…he could be. but he has never been, on clay.
Kalliopeia: I guess he’s been playing really well, though
Kalliopeia: and honestly if Rafa isn’t going to win this title I’d rather he go down to gonzo than djokovic.
Kalliopeia: my initial prediction in your poll was semis.
miri: just start crocheting. I’ve got my draw sheet up to date.
Kalliopeia: oh i am
Gonzo starts things off with an easy hold. He also starts firing his forehand right away on Rafa’s serve, but Rafa holds with relative ease.
Kalliopeia: Rafa better not start counting on him to miss that forehand
Gonzo’s forehand is really on fire. Easy hold for him. Rafa decides to fire his own forehand – with a great angle on it to boot. Nice wide serve followed up with a forehand to the other corner and Rafa has game point. He holds at love: 2-2.
At 30-30, Rafa gets a short shot from Gonzo, but he retreats after hitting it and the rally continues until Gonzo nets a ball. Rafa breaks.
Rafa sends two shots flying and Gonzo’s up on Rafa’s next service game. He then nets a ball to give Gonzo triple break point. Gonzo fires an amazing cross-court forehand and he breaks. Back on serve.
Lovely angled backhand from Rafa. He goes up 30-0 on Gonzo’s next game and then Gonzo commits 2 unforced errors and Rafa breaks at love. Not exactly stellar tennis so far.
Rafa serving with new balls. Gonzo takes advantage of a short ball and hits a well-disguised drop-shot.
@kefuoe: @nadalnews Bet Nadal’s thinking about how to get all through with the match (and the other stuff) so that he can watch Barca v Real Madrid.
Nice smash from Rafa and it’s 40-15. He’s 3 of 3 at the net. That shot was in? Amazing down-the-line forehand from Rafa to get an Ad. Make that 4 of 4 at net – Rafa holds for 5-3.
Again, a shot that it didn’t look like he should get to, but he hits a winner. For some reason, Rafa hits a smash right back to Gonzo and lets him stay in the point. Gonzo makes a boo-boo though and it’s double break point. Gonzo saves one. Rafa breaks and takes the first set 6-3 in 34 minutes.
@skyejaden: @nadalnews good times, good times :D
(Meanwhile, Kalliopeia and I are discussing the fat and salt content on Taco Bell’s menu. Cravings suck.)
Rafa ruins his at-the-net streak by blowing a backhand volley and hitting it way wide. He then nets a ball and goes down 0-30. Gonzo returns the favor and it’s 15-30.
Kalliopeia: come on Rafa, you’re not allowed to fall asleep just because I’m pondering dietary suicide.
That smash was more like it. Rafa holds for 1-0, second set.
It never ceases to amaze me how Rafa can get away with serving so much to the backhand given that his serve isn’t exactly the fastest thing on the tour.
Amazing forehand down the line while going backwards. Double break point for Rafa. Gonzo saves one by taking a short shot mid-air and volleying it for a win. Gonzo runs around a backhand to hit a forehand…and fires it wide. Rafa breaks: 2-0.
Kalliopeia: they always mention the prize money. neither of these guys are playing for the money a this point, they are both rich
miri: I remember reading a story where Mary Carillo talked about finding crumpled checks for large sums of money on McEnroe’s hotel room floor. He kept forgetting to cash them.
Kalliopeia: I mean, not that I think they are uninterested but if they lose I doubt they think “Oh well at least I got a lot of money”
Easy hold for Rafa: 3-0. He’s rolling – can he keep this up?
Kalliopeia: I’m so annoyed by this Longines commercial that I always forget Andre Agassi is in it
Beauty from Rafa gives him a break point. Gonzo saves that his trademark sizzling forehand and follows that up with a smart point to get a game point. Perfectly timed and placed dropper gives Gonzo the game: 3-1.
God I love those fast teeny tiny steps.
@finnaginn01: @nadalnews Just call him “Twinkle Toes”
Gonzo wrong-foots Rafa for 15-30 on Rafa’s serve. Gonzo just misses on a forehand and it’s 30-30. Amazing angled forehand from Rafa! How did he do that? Rafa holds for 4-1.
(My cat is demanding I play fetch with him. If I don’t – he bites my toes.)
Routine hold for Gonzo.
@andyroddick: Great move. Driving behind someone who signaled left and turned right…..
I’m not sure Twittering while driving counts as a great move either…
Routine hold by Rafa: 5-2.
Serving to stay in the match, Gonzo hits a beautiful cross-court backhand for 15-0.
Kalliopeia: oh man someone must be having a derby barbecue
Kalliopeia: I can smell it through the window
Kalliopeia: god that smells good
miri: Maybe you can crash the bbq
Kalliopeia: ….as you may have noticed, I’m hungry.
miri: Me too – pickles for breakfast don’t last long.
Routine hold from Gonzo and Rafa is serving for the match. Nice smash from Rafa and he’s up 30-0. Boo-boo from Gonzo and it’s 40-0 – triple match point. Everyone kind of stares and wonders if Rafa’s served an ace, but it’s wide. A lovely dropper wins him the match.
Heh – indeed. RT: @kefuoe: @nadalnews That is the tennis.