For his quarterfinal match in the Paris Masters, Rafa took on world #9 and local favorite Jo-Wilfried Tsonga. While their head-to-head favored Rafa, the match most people remember between these two is the beat down Tsonga gave Rafa in the 2008 Australian. But, given Rafa’s recent form, most Rafa fans were nervous about this one. Well, guess what: Rafa showed us all. His serve was on; his groundstrokes were on; his volleys were on. He’s through to meet Djokovic in the semis: 7-5, 7-5.
|Statistics on Serve|
|1st Serve %||73%||64%|
|1st Serve Points Won||39/54 (72%)||39/50 (78%)|
|2nd Serve Points Won||15/20 (75%)||10/28 (36%)|
|Break Points Saved||6/6 (100%)||4/6 (67%)|
|Service Games Played||12||12|
|Statistics on Return|
|1st Return Points Won||11/50 (22%)||15/54 (28%)|
|Second Return Points Won||18/28 (22%)||5/20 (25%)|
|Break Points Won||2/6 (33%)||0/6 (%)|
|Return Games Played||12||12|
|Statistics on Points|
|Total Service Points Won||54/74 (73%)||49/78 (63%)|
|Total Return Points Won||29/78 (37%)||20/74 (27%)|
|Total Points Won||83/152 (55%)||69/152 (45%)|
As it happened blatherings:
At work, so not much in the way of play-by-play today. I can’t watch the match, only listen to it.
Players taking the court. Interesting, Rafa came out first.
Rafa will receive to start the match.
45 second first game? Oye.
Break point for Tsonga. Ace! A beauty down the middle. (Yes, I snuck a look at the match. It’s going to be impossible not to, I think.) Another break point. Rafa holds.
In the 5th game, Tsonga has triple break point, but Rafa fights his way back to deuce. 90% first serve percentage? I’m liking that. Rafa goes on to hold.
Tsonga once again holds in record time: 3-4.
Break point for Rafa. He misses a volley, but was playing aggressive, so I count that as a good miss. Deuce. Tsonga holds for 4-5.
Rafa holds. Serving when down in the set (but on serve) makes me nervous! 5-5
Third time’s a charm – Rafa breaks on this third break point of the set. He leads 6-5 and can serve the set out.
First set to Rafa. 14 winners/5 UEs. Nice. 5 of 6 net approaches. More nice.
Ataraxis00: I have no idea what he was doing in his first two matches, especially the first but his form is 100% better today.
Rafa has a break point, but Tsonga holds to start set 2.
*doing actual work for a while sorry*
Tight game, but Tsonga holds for 5-4. Rafa to serve to stay in the set. Nice easy hold for Rafa: 5-5.
Rafa breaks! He can serve for the set next. And he does. Nice showing today.