Rafa started off his Paris tournament today by teaming up with Argentina’s Juan Monaco to take on the German team of Kas and Kohlschreiber in a R32 doubles match. Kas/Kohlschreiber broke in the 4th game to go up 3-1, but Rafa/Pico broke right back to put the set back on serve. They broke a second time in the 9th game and went on to serve it out: 6-4.
In the second set, K/K broke in the 4th game again. Since it worked so well for them last set, Rafa/Pico broke right back. But the carbon-copy of set one ended there when K/K broke again to go up 4-2. Rafa and Pico weren’t giving up that easily – they broke K/K when the Germans were serving for the match at 5-3. Serve was held until K/K broke to take the set 7-5.
The tiebreak appears to have been a tight-affair with a few mini-breaks and many match points saved. K/K eventually take the set (15-13) and the match.
Don’t forget about the “as it happened” commentary on the Paris site.
(Not that I could see any of this because TennisTV.com – that I pay for – didn’t carry the match and all of the free streams are blocked by filters at work. Turns out The Tennis Channel, which I pay extra for from my cable provider, showed a match from last year rather than show the doubles. Why the hell do all broadcasters hate doubles so much? Doubles matches are often highly entertaining. I swear!)
|Statistics on Serve|
|1st Serve %||74%||81%|
|1st Serve Points Won||39/58 (67%)||38/62 (61%)|
|2nd Serve Points Won||9/20 (45%)||10/15 (67%)|
|Break Points Saved||2/6 (33%)||8/12 (67%)|
|Service Games Played||11||11|
|Statistics on Return|
|1st Return Points Won||24/62 (39%)||18/58 (31%)|
|Second Return Points Won||5/15 (39%)||11/20 (55%)|
|Break Points Won||4/12 (33%)||4/6 (67%)|
|Return Games Played||11||11|
|Statistics on Points|
|Total Service Points Won||48/78 (62%)||48/77 (62%)|
|Total Return Points Won||29/77 (38%)||30/78 (38%)|
|Total Points Won||77/155 (50%)||78/155 (50%)|