Rafa took on fellow Spaniard and PlayStation buddy David Ferrer today in the first Monte-Carlo semi-final. Many of us were hoping for a good fight, but Rafa was having none of that. He looked crisper than yesterday and, try as he might, David just couldn’t put together enough good points and games to challenge him. Rafa is through to the final (6-2, 6-3) where he will take on either Djokovic or Verdasco.
|Statistics on Serve|
|1st Serve %||70%||60%|
|1st Serve Points Won||23/35 (66%)||15/29 (52%)|
|2nd Serve Points Won||8/15 (53%)||7/19 (37%)|
|Break Points Saved||2/4 (50%)||3/9 (33%)|
|Service Games Played||8||9|
|Statistics on Return|
|1st Return Points Won||14/29 (48%)||12/35 (34%)|
|Second Return Points Won||12/19 (48%)||7/15 (47%)|
|Break Points Won||6/9 (67%)||2/4 (50%)|
|Return Games Played||9||8|
|Statistics on Points|
|Total Service Points Won||31/50 (62%)||22/48 (46%)|
|Total Return Points Won||26/48 (54%)||19/50 (38%)|
|Total Points Won||57/98 (58%)||41/98 (42%)|
|Net Approaches||4/9 (44%)||7/9 (78%)|
As it happened blatherings:
Players making their way to the court. Is Rafa already talking to himself? Or to random people along the way?
Rafa wins the toss and elects to receive.
Yesterday, #16 ranked Ferrero. Today #17 ranked Ferrer. Let’s hope the outcome can be as similar as the opponent name/rank.
Papa and sister in the house.
Seems it’s raining a bit. Rafa and the chair talking about waiting a bit because of the rain. Rafa doesn’t seem to want to start play if they are going to have to stop soon. Chair is reluctant to stop. Okay, they are going to play.
Ferrer holds at love.
A long rally ends with a beautiful cross-court backhand winner from Rafa: 15-0. At 30-30, Rafa double faults to give Ferrer a break point. Rafa saves it : deuce. Ferrer sends a shot just long: game point. Service winner and Rafa holds.
Nice serve from Ferrer: 15-15. Rafa pulled into the net by a defensive drop shot, he drops in return, David tracks it down but nets the reply: 15-30. David sends a shot out: 15-40. David nets a drop-shot attempt and Rafa breaks for a 2-1 lead.
Nasty and Becker dining with the Prince. How, posh?
Oh, I love it when two guys who know how to play on clay play each other. Makes me so happy. Nicer when the point ends with a forehand winner from Rafa: 15-0. David sends a ball out: 30-0. Beautiful forehand cross-court winner from Rafa: 40-0. Deep shot from David draws an error: 40-15. Rafa holds for a 3-1 lead. Nice and easy hold for him.
kefuoe: I’m doing a shot of coffee for every “inch-perfect”
Backhand that David can’t quite track down: 0-30. David sends a ball wide: 0-40. Rafa sends a backhand well wide: 15-40. David sends a ball long and Rafa breaks for a 4-1 lead.
David steps up and whacks a second serve, taking control of the point: 0-15. Rafa’s shot is called long, but the chair over-rules and they will replay the point. Rafa’s shorts flapping in a slight breeze. No room I the fit of his shirt to allow for flapping. David tries to paint a line and just misses: 15-15. David brings Rafa in with a drop shot. Rafa tries an angled cross-court return and just misses: 15-30. Again David whacks a second serve and earns a break point. Both players hit all out with Rafa coming out ahead: deuce. Rafa pushes David to the backhand side and then hits a winner into the other corner: game point. Lovely lob and Rafa holds: 5-1.
Drop shot followed by a lob – Rafa can’t quite get it back: 15-0. Rafa hits a ball just wide: 30-0. The net cord shows David some love and Rafa just smiles: 40-0. David holds for 2-5.
David sends a shot long: 15-0. David tries to whack a second serve wide to Rafa’s forehand and just misses: 30-0. Another missed serve return: 40-0. David talking to himself. First set to Rafa: 6-2. 35 minutes; 54% first serves in; 8 winners; 6 UFEs.
A deep ball from David draws an error: 15-0. Fierce forehand followed by a lovely touch volley: 15-15. David nets a ball: 15-30. Rafa sends a shot well wide: 30-30. Some nice deep shots from David draw an error: 40-30. Nice hold for David.
Rafa slowly but surely takes control of a point until David can take it no more: 15-0. Ace: 30-0. David sends a ball well long: 40-0. David runs Rafa back and forth and draws an error: 40-15. Double fault: 40-30. Good first serve draws a short powerless reply that Rafa can’t get back over the net: deuce. David slips, recovers, but can’t make the shot. He beats the heck out of his shoes with his racket. Rafa holds.
kefuoe: Ferrer seems to have run miles already.
Lovely cross-court forehand winner from David: 15-15. He does the same on a short ball from Rafa: 30-15. The net cord changes sides and shows Rafa some love: 30-30. David nets a ball: 30-40. David sends a ball well out and is broken.
Kalliopeia: I love how there isn’t a headband on earth that can hold daveed’s hair.
David whacks a short ball to his forehand and Rafa nets the reply: 15-15. Rafa dances up to a short high ball and whacks a forehand winner: 30-15. Rafa sends a ball just wide: 30-30. Rafa miss-times a ball and sends it way long: 30-40. David breaks back to put things on serve: 2-2.
David moves Rafa well and sets up his shot, but then nets the ball: 0-15. Lovely serve out wide followed up for a volley into the open court: 15-15. Error from David: 15-30. David nets another ball and tosses his racket – it’s a bouncer. Nice point from David – recovering well from a net cord: 30-40. Rafa pushes David wide and then paints the line on the opposite side of the court. He breaks for a 3-2 lead.
Rafa holds at love: 4-2.
David double faults to give Rafa another break. 5-2
Kalliopeia: He looks good in blue
Kalliopeia: And he looks bulkier but I think maybe it’s just that the shirt is painted on him.
miri: it’s so very tight it can’t even begin a conversation with his ass
Kalliopeia: it’s probably afraid of those shorts anyway. So just as well
Both players back out and ready to play before time is called. David tees off on a service return: 0-15. And…then hits one way wide: 15-15. And now one way long: 30-15. Rafa miss-times a ball: 30-30. David pulls Rafa in with a drop shot, Rafa doesn’t do much with the reply and David hits a beautiful cross-court winner: 30-40. Second serve. David sends Rafa running all over the place. He breaks – the match continues.
David sends a shot long: 0-30. David pops up a ball in defense and Rafa smacks it for a winner and double match point: 15-40. Rafa nets a service return: 30-40. Rafa is through to the final: 6-2, 6-3.