|Statistics on Serve|
|1st Serve %||57%||41%|
|1st Serve Points Won||18/24 (75%)||6/14 (43%)|
|2nd Serve Points Won||12/18 (67%)||4/20 (20%)|
|Break Points Saved||3/3 (100%)||1/6 (17%)|
|Service Games Played||7||6|
|Statistics on Return|
|1st Return Points Won||8/14 (57%)||6/24 (25%)|
|Second Return Points Won||16/20 (57%)||6/18 (33%)|
|Break Points Won||5/6 (83%)||0/3 (%)|
|Return Games Played||6||7|
|Statistics on Points|
|Total Service Points Won||30/42 (71%)||10/34 (29%)|
|Total Return Points Won||24/34 (71%)||12/42 (29%)|
|Total Points Won||54/76 (71%)||22/76 (29%)|
As it happened blatherings:
Rafa and de Bakker are warming up. Rafa’s switched from Lemon to Blueberry
kefuoe: @nadalnews Blueberries are superfoods!
Rafa’s started serving and, so far, de Bakker can’t’ get a ball back: 30-0. He finally does and tries to end a point with a drop shot which Rafa easily runs down and pops over the net for a winner. Lovely backhand winner from de Bakker: 40-15.
Double fault from de Bakker. Down 15-30, de Bakker moves Rafa well and then ends up the rally with a drop shot winner: 30-30. Forehand down the line winner from Rafa: 30-40. Rafa sends a ball way out with an unforced forehand error: deuce. Another break point and a second serve. de Bakker nets a ball and Rafa breaks: 2-0.
de Bakker sends a shot long: 15-0. Again: 30-0. Nice second serve return from de Bakker: 30-15. Another nice hold for Rafa.
Ataraxis00: So, De Bakker won 3 or 4 titles on clay last year? Granted, they were Challengers – but not bad for him.
Beautiful lob from Rafa caps off a point where the players had pulled each other around and up and back. Rafa’s up 4-0.
Some errant shots from Rafa in this game: 30-30. Rafa holds for a 5-0 lead. de Bakker to serve to avoid a bagel.
raindelaysplay: De Bakker struggling with serves too. Poor thing. Rafa doesn’t even look like he’s broken a sweat yet.
Drop shot from de Bakker after a longish rally, Rafa can’t get to it in time and de Bakkers’s on the scoreboard.
Game and first set to Rafa: 6-1.Took just over 30 minutes. First serve % only 57. 4 winners and 4 UFEs.
de Bakker broken to start set 2.
Rafa holds for a 2-0 lead. And soon after, it’s 3-0.
Nice lob from de Bakker. Rafa gets to it, but hits a looping moon-ballish shot that de Baker gets back with a winner: 0-30. Rafa nets a ball and de Bakker has triple break point. Second serve. de Bakker sends a shot long: 15-40. Another goes just wide: 30-40. Nice serve and de Bakker nets the return: deuce. A totally mishit drop shot attempt gives Rafa a game point. Ace: 4-0.
Rafa holds and finishes out the match in 10 seconds less than an hour.