IW: An okay day at the office
In their first every singles meeting, Rafa and Marcel Granollers (#26) played in a 3rd round match of the BPN Paribas Open (Indian Wells) late in the afternoon today. Rafa wasn’t 100% sharp, but he didn’t need to be as Granollers was not having a good day. In fact, the match was pretty darn boring (sorry, guys!). Rafa is through 6-1, 6-4 and will face the winner of the Baghdatis/Dolgopolov.
|Statistics on Serve|
|1st Serve %||64%||51%|
|1st Serve Points Won||27/34 (79%)||19/25 (76%)|
|2nd Serve Points Won||13/19 (68%)||10/24 (42%)|
|Break Points Saved||2/2 (100%)||2/5 (40%)|
|Service Games Played||9||8|
|Statistics on Return|
|1st Return Points Won||6/25 (24%)||7/34 (21%)|
|Second Return Points Won||14/24 (58%)||6/19 (32%)|
|Break Points Won||3/5 (60%)||0/2 (%)|
|Return Games Played||8||9|
|Statistics on Points|
|Total Service Points Won||40/53 (75%)||29/49 (59%)|
|Total Return Points Won||20/49 (41%)||13/53 (25%)|
|Total Points Won||60/102 (59%)||42/102 (41%)|
|Net Approaches||6/10 (60%)||5/8 (63%)|
As it happened blatherings:
Marcel wins the toss and elects to receive.
Nice first serve down the middle draws an errant reply: 15-0. Double fault: 15-15. Second serve. Rafa works a point well, but his swinging volley pops out after encountering the net tape. Nice serve. Deep reply from Marcel and he moves into the net, but Rafa passes to hold.
Second serve. Forehand winner from Rafa: 0-15. Maybe it’s a good thing I’m not there photographing…can’t stop coughing. They’d boot me out of the pit. Rafa sends a slice into the net: 30-15. Rafa pulls Marcel a bit wide and draws an error: 30-30. Double fault: 30-40. Marcel sends a backhand into the net and is broken. Rafa up 2-0.
Forehand down the line winner: 15-0. Nice serve and Marcel sends his forehand reply into the net: 30-0. Beautiful cross-court forehand winner: 40-0. Rafa holds at love to consolidate the break: 3-0.
Marcel moves Rafa well and draws an error: 30-0. Rafa sends a backhand wide: 40-0. Rafa’s passing shot is out and Marcel holds at love for 1-3.
Marcel’s serve return is long: 30-0. Rafa holds for 4-1.
Rafa has to help the ball kid find the right place to stand with the umbrella to put him in shade.
A forehand winner gives Rafa a break point. Marcel nets a slice and goes down two breaks: 1-5.
Game and first set to Rafa – just took 29 minutes. 1 ace; 1 double; 70% first serves in; 85% won on first; 67% won on 2nd; 7 winners, 6 UFEs; 1/3 at net.
Nice forehand winner from Marcel, but he follows it up with one that goes out: 30-40. Two errors in a row from Marcel and he’s broken to start set 2.
(Um, sorry. This isn’t an exciting match, so I’m tagging photos rather than blathering.)