Cuteness denied

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For his second match today, Rafa teamed up with Marc! to take in the 3rd seeded doubles team of Fyrstenberg/Matkowski. Since the broadcast world hates doubles, no one but the audience in Doha could actually watch the match. No one should ever be denied such epic cuteness.

Rafa and Marc! started of by breaking in the first game. They were broken in the 4th game to put things back on serve. Team Cute broke again in the 7th game to go up 4-3 and went on to take the set 6-4. They were broken in the second game of the second set and didn’t get on the scoreboard until they held in the 4th. The went on to lose the second set 2-6. Fyrstenberg/Matkowski rolled in the super tiebreak set – winning it (10-3) and the match. Final score: 6-4, 2-6, 3-10.


M Lopez/R Nadal M Fyrstenberg/M Matkowski
Statistics on Serve
Aces 2 7
Double Faults 2 2
1st Serve % 73% 63%
1st Serve Points Won 22/37 (59%) 28/31 (90%)
2nd Serve Points Won 7/14 (50%) 10/18 (56%)
Break Points Saved 1/4 (25%) 2/4 (50%)
Service Games Played 9 9
Statistics on Return
1st Return Points Won 3/31 (10%) 15/37 (41%)
Second Return Points Won 8/18 (10%) 7/14 (50%)
Break Points Won 2/4 (50%) 3/4 (75%)
Return Games Played 9 9
Statistics on Points
Total Service Points Won 29/51 (57%) 38/49 (78%)
Total Return Points Won 11/49 (22%) 22/51 (43%)
Total Points Won 40/100 (40%) 60/100 (60%)

10 Responses

  1. An says:


    They had so much fun last year….
    Lets hope some photographers there in Doha recognized the cuteness in Team Cute so we won’t be denied cute pics off cuteness personified;)

  2. CC says:

    Typical. I was looking forward to Marc’s! speech.

  3. faeaki7 says:

    It sucks that they don’t ever show doubles apart from the GS’s, I love to watch Rafa in doubles, waiting too prehaps for some cute pics?

  4. Atch2 says:

    Surprised the atp or itf don’t make sure that some doubles matches are televised, esp when Rafa or Fed or other top singles players are playing. Aren’t they suppose to be promoting doubles?

    Also Marc!’s name was left out of the match stats.

    • miri says:

      Oops! Thanks. I used my new automated script to generate the stats table and it doesn’t work well with doubles yet.

  5. mary says:

    Amuses me why they haven’t realized that doubles can be more exciting than singles. I watched a mixed doubles match from the hopman cup yesterday & I was fixated. It was awesome to watch.

  6. Atch2 says:

    But great to hear another Spanish team made it to the next round (Guillermo GARCIA-LOPEZ & Albert MONTANES). And the Spanish team are doing well in the Hopman Cup too.

  7. Emma R says:

    Maybe some footage will pop up on Utube. Agree doubles is equally rivetting as singles.

    Is that photo from the match yesterday or the one last year? Marc looks like he’s singing Karaoke with Rafa screaming plaintive backing vocals!

    • miri says:

      It’s from last year’s trophy ceremony. (I couldn’t find any pics from yesterday’s match.) Rafa is laughing at Marc! being nervous about having to speak during the ceremony.

      • Emma R says:

        Might have a trawl on utube to see if there is any footage of that as would like to see it. Terrific pic anyway. Gettin spoilt for them at the moment, my desktop wallpaper changes by the second.

        Going to be absolutely wicked now and go watch Rafa play live on telly. Supposed to be working from home as snowed in, but will make it up tonight:)