For his third round match in Monte-Carlo, Rafa took on #51 Michael Berrer of Germany. They’d only met one previous time in their careers – last year at Indian Wells – and Rafa dominated that match. Sure Berrer beat Monaco in straights to get here, but given their ranking differences and Rafa’s record against lefties, I think many of us were anticipating a fairly stress-free win. I’m not sure I was expecting another carb heavy breakfast, though. Rafa’s through: 6-0, 6-1.
|Statistics on Serve|
|1st Serve %||71%||52%|
|1st Serve Points Won||21/27 (78%)||6/16 (38%)|
|2nd Serve Points Won||8/11 (73%)||3/15 (20%)|
|Break Points Saved||0/0 (%)||1/6 (17%)|
|Service Games Played||7||6|
|Statistics on Return|
|1st Return Points Won||10/16 (63%)||6/27 (22%)|
|Second Return Points Won||12/15 (63%)||3/11 (27%)|
|Break Points Won||5/6 (83%)||0/0 (%)|
|Return Games Played||6||7|
|Statistics on Points|
|Total Service Points Won||29/38 (76%)||9/31 (29%)|
|Total Return Points Won||22/31 (71%)||9/38 (24%)|
|Total Points Won||51/69 (74%)||18/69 (26%)|
|Net Approaches||4/7 (57%)||1/3 (33%)|
As it happened blatherings:
Chair going on about how everyone’s in white and blue.
Did someone put these blue shirts through the dryer a few extra times? They seem to be much more snug than the yellow ones.
rafannie: @nadalnews ;) that was me. ;))) you’re not too upset, are you?
kefuoe: @nadalnews I was thinking the exact same thing.
kefuoe: @nadalnews In the meantime on the other court, Ferrer’s shirt is about to swallow him whole!
kefuoe: @nadalnews If he needs a shirt change in this match, it’s going to be an epic battle getting that thing off when it’s wet with sweat.
tennishead: Not-quite fact of the day: Rafael Nadal throws like a girl.
Rafa to start us of serving since Berrer won the toss and elected to receive. Berrer hits a change-up drop shot early in the rally and it’s a winner: 0-15. Rafa moves Berrer well with some angles and finishes off with a forehand winner: 15-15. Rafa sends a ball long: 15-30. Berrer nets a ball. Rafa takes control of the point with a fierce forehand and follows that up with a forehand winner. Rafa holds: 1-0.
I didn’t realize Berrer was a lefty. D’oh!
Rafa frames a return: 15-0. A longish rally ends with Berrer sending a shot way wide: 15-15. Rafa backs Berrer up wide and deep with a fierce forehand and then follows that up with a deft drop volley winner: 15-30. Pulled wide, Rafa flicks a backhand that lands at Berrer’s feet. Rafa breaks for a 2-0 lead.
risha_: I think I need to start counting all the reasons why I love tennis. But near the top: watching Rafa play on clay. Seriously.
Left, right, left…forehand winner: 15-0. Ditto: 30-0. Berrer sends a service return wide: 40-0. With an angled forehand winner, Rafa holds at love: 3-0.
raindelaysplay: If you can’t return his second serve into the court Berrer, you’re in trouble.
Another drop-shot winner from Berrer: 15-0. Rafa moving well and fires off a winner mid-rally: 15-30. Berrer nets a ball: 15-40. Berrer sends a ball out to the sea and Rafa breaks: 4-0.
Berrer sends a ball long: 15-0. Lovely backhand winner: 30-0. 10 winners; 1 UFE: 40-15. Easy hold for 5-0. Will my breakfast be a bagel or a breadstick?
Yay! Ferrer won.
kefuoe: @nadalnews Marc! was watching the Ferrer match. I imagine he’s scurrying over to catch Nadal’s now.
sapphireswell: I love clay season. I’m less stressed out, and watching matches doesn’t involve cursing :)
RD_Tennistalk: generous Nadal is taking Berrer to the same local bakery to which he took De Bakker yesterday and bought the Dutchman some items
Rafa breaks at love with some wonderful play. First set is his: 6-0.
14 winners; 2 UFEs; 60% first serves; 22 minutes.
Rafa double faults to donate a point to Berrer: 15-15. Berrer nets a ball: 30-15. Another easy hold for Rafa: 1-0.
Berrer sends a shot long: 0-15. Forehand down the line winner from Rafa: 0-30. Rafa hits a shot that Berrer thinks is out. The chair asks Rafa if he should check it and Rafa says no, gives the point to Berrer: 15-30. At 15-40, Berrer plays a nice point where he manages to move Rafa along and then hit a winner: 30-40. Berrer follows one of his best points of the match with a miss hit and Rafa breaks: 2-0.
Rafa nets an overhead – that doesn’t happen often: 15-15. Forehand winner: 40-15. Berrer has yet to win 2 points in a row. Rafa holds: 3-0.
Storming the net, Rafa sends the ball right into it: 15-15. Amazing angled cross-court forehand winner: 15-30. Takes control of a point with a forehand and finishes it off: 15-40. Rafa breaks for a 4-0 lead.
Forehand winner: 15-0. Berrer pulls Rafa into the net with an angled dropper and Rafa nets the reply: 15-15. Ace for 40-15. Rafa holds: 5-0.
Total points won so far: 44 for Rafa; 11 for Berrer.
RD_Tennistalk: you know there’s a problem when NADAL of all people finishes a match in less than an hour
Rafa just misses a shot: 15-0. Berrer gets a horrid bounce and nets the ball: 15-15. Rafa sends a shot wide: 30-15. Berrer pulls Rafa in with a drop shot and finishes the point off: 40-15. Wonderful half-volley passing shot by Rafa: 40-30. Berrer wins a game! 5-1
Beauty of a forehand down the line winner from Rafa. The net cord shows Berrer some sympathy: 15-15. Rafa finishes off a point with an overhead smash: 30-15. Rafa sends a ball out: 30-30. Berrer sends a shot sailing: 40-30. Hey, deuce! How exciting. Rafa wins: 6-0, 6-1.