Hello, IW with your windy and lip-scorching sun

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Rafa worked his way through Schuettler and some horrid wind to win his first match at Indian Wells: 6-4 6-4. Not that I got to see it. I was in the desert taking pictures of old, abandoned and rusty things. Hey, the day was sold out and a girl has to keep herself entertained. For those who got to watch it, what do you think? How was he playing? Was the play good enough to out-weigh the horribleness of the shorts?

Stats:

Nadal Schuettler
Statistics on Serve
Aces 3 1
Double Faults 4 4
1st Serve % 74% 68%
1st Serve Points Won 34/45 (76%) 29/47 (62%)
2nd Serve Points Won 7/16 (44%) 10/22 (45%)
Break Points Saved 0/1 (0%) 2/5 (40%)
Service Games Played 10 10
Statistics on Return
1st Return Points Won 18/47 (38%) 11/45 (24%)
Second Return Points Won 12/22 (38%) 9/16 (56%)
Break Points Won 3/5 (60%) 1/1 (100%)
Return Games Played 10 10
Statistics on Points
Total Service Points Won 41/61 (67%) 39/69 (57%)
Total Return Points Won 30/69 (43%) 20/61 (33%)
Total Points Won 71/130 (55%) 59/130 (45%)

92 Responses

  1. slt says:

    Match was great. Outfit not so great. I was sooo hoping he was going to wear the grey shorts he wore for the Hit for Haiti. Oh well. It’s just nice to see him playing again.

  2. sasha says:

    I like the shorts. I like the shorts with the shirt. I like the shorts with the shirt and the headband and the shoes. I definitely know I am in the minority here. Not everyone could perhaps, but I think Rafa pulls off the look brilliantly. For me the planned mismatch is definitely preferable to, for example, what Novak Djokovic is wearing. That matching top and bottom set thing looks a bit like pajamas. As for tennis itself, I though Rafa played well enough – handled the wind well enough. Yes, the wind makes it hard to assess his level of pure play. Perhaps it won’t be a factor in his next match.

  3. Ch F says:

    The only link I managed to find is in Greek, sorry! You can only see the headband when the players approach the net at the end of the video (in the first set it was just a white headband, but he changed it in the second set).

  4. Susanna728 says:

    I was at the doubles match today (second row – yay!). Both Rafa and Marc played really well. Rafa’s serve looked good and he hit some amazing forehands down the line which makes me think he’s feeling confident. After Rafa smoke a forehand past him, Paes said “Thank goodness I’m not playing singles against you.” Marc was awesome too. All in all, after seeing the Schuettler match and the doubles, I think Rafa’s game is looking great.

  5. Amanda says:

    Wow! I loves the shorts. Looks like I’m in the minority on that one. I think they’re fun.