In his first match back in the stadium where he won Olympic gold, Rafa took on #90 Marcos Baghdatis. Rafa took the first set 6-4, but was broken in the first and last games of the second set. Rafa broke in the 9th game of the 3rd set and that’s all it took. Rafa wins 6-4 3-6 6-4.
|Statistics on Serve|
|1st Serve %||72%||60%|
|1st Serve Points Won||43/61 (70%)||38/51 (75%)|
|2nd Serve Points Won||14/24 (58%)||19/34 (56%)|
|Break Points Saved||1/3 (33%)||2/4 (50%)|
|Service Games Played||15||14|
|Statistics on Return|
|1st Return Points Won||13/51 (25%)||18/61 (30%)|
|Second Return Points Won||15/34 (44%)||10/24 (42%)|
|Break Points Won||2/4 (50%)||2/3 (67%)|
|Return Games Played||14||15|
|Statistics on Points|
|Total Service Points Won||57/85 (67%)||57/85 (67%)|
|Total Return Points Won||28/85 (33%)||28/85 (33%)|
|Total Points Won||80/170 (50%)||80/170 (50%)|
As it happened blatherings:
I wasn’t able to watch the match, but here’s some play-by-play from the twitterverse.
piratesswoop jesus christ rafa, try not to kill yourself
piratesswoop rafa can you please stop going up 40-0 and then blowing your leads, you are reminding me of nando rn
TennisLuvah VAMOS!! Rafa takes the first set 6-4!!
TennisLuvah …and Rafa gets broken in the first game, 2nd set….
ally_richardson awake! New balls, rafa serving at 2-4, nice angle dropper. Now 30-15. Crazy long fh, 30-30.
TennisLuvah Rafa’s playing a bit of a loose set….he’s down 3-4, we’ll see what happens
ally_richardson another venture to net sets up missed overhead, bp marcos, doesn’t matter, baggy ufe and service winner and rafa holds 3-4
TennisLuvah motherfucker what is rafa doing
TennisLuvah At least make Baggy serve it out ffs
ally_richardson marcos holds for 5-3, sloppy play puts rafa in trouble 0-30, marcos nets 2nd srv but rafa fh ufe brings to set pts, 15-40. Set MB
TennisLuvah Fucking shit man, Baggy breaks and takes the 2nd set 6-3. Get your head out of your ass, Rafa! Lol
ally_richardson MB serving. yowza, passing cc bh at marcos’ feet. he found the grunt on the changeover. 15-15. desperation lob just long, 30-15.
ally_richardson Baggy looking pretty clean in that one, aggressive on serve. 0-1.
ally_richardson baggy shows some touch, cuts under fh angle dropper for 0-15. Rafa big groundies to 15 all. UFE from MB fh for 30-15. srv winner.
ally_richardson MB at net, fends off passers for 40-30, MB fh just long, rafa holds to 1-1.
ally_richardson another sharply angled volley from MB. very aggressive play. rafa 15 ft behind baseline. ahh, big hf passer for 15-15. vamos!
ally_richardson mb ufe fh long, baggy swinging 4 the corners apparently 30-30. this time goes behind rafa and hits corner, awesome bh. holds 2-1
ally_richardson rafa looks unhappy on changeover. maybe that banana will help. rafa serving. i find shorts distracting. dropping shots short.
ally_richardson mb moves in, puts away fh, 0-15. longish rally from baseline, rafa ufe fh long, 0-30.
ally_richardson rafa finally moves in, bh dropper works, 15-30. 2nd srv, comes in behind big groundies again, nice fh inside out approach, 30-30
ally_richardson 3 pts in a row at the net, 3 points won. 40-30. now hold, damn it! moves in again, overhead smashed, fist pumped, held!
ally_richardson this is some ugly rafatennis. luckily a few mb ufes and ace make for easy hold. 3-3. racquet change. mb serves w new balls.
ally_richardson attempt at pass goes wide, 15-15. ugly rafa fh into net for 30-15. throws head back. standing beyond beijing sign to return.
RagingBitch LOL RT @TheRealStoogle: Rafa there’s something called Breaking the opponents serve. You should try that.
ally_richardson serve out wide and rafa can’t get it back, mb holds for 3-4. rafa srv winner, 15-0. marcos nets sad little dropper approach, 30-0
ally_richardson winners are so exciting cause they’re so rare:( inside out fh to corner to hold!
ally_richardson desperation lob keeps rafa in pt, long rally, mb nets ball to 0-15 but ace for 15 all. wrong-foots rafa but r snaps bh up line
ally_richardson another ace, another wrong-foot, this time rafa doesn’t get there, 40-30. mb fh wide, deuce. deep approach and finally break pt!
ally_richardson haha! break, finally! geez, maybe is should be scoreboard watching too:)
ally_richardson ugly bh cc to net, 0-30. comes in for easy fh dropper to open court, 15-30. fh cc winner approach, 30-30.
ally_richardson 2nd srv, marcos tanks fh volley into net, match pt!
RagingBitch Rafa wins, yay! Poor Marcos though:(
TennisLuvah RRRRAAAFFA WINS!!!!!!!! (barely, pfff!) VAMOOOS!!!!
ally_richardson vamos! nice moment at net. rafa looks glad to be done with that one, i am too. shirt change, crowd goes wild.