For his second round match at Wimbledon, Rafa took on the hard-hitting, hard-serving and fearless #100 Lukas Rosol. I missed the first set and a chunk of the second, but news was: it wasn’t good for Rafa. He was playing poorly, falling, and barely squeaked out a first set win. His play improved in the second, but Rosol was still hitting out and everything was landing in. If felt like he was getting the serve returns back before Rafa even finished his service motion. Rosol took sets 2 and 3. The 4th proceeded on serve with neither guy struggling much until Rafa put together an excellent game to break. The one break was all it took and we were going to a 5th. Well, after a 43 minute delay to close the roof due to fading light; I’m thinking Rafa would have rather rode out the momentum from that 4th set. Rosol came out hitting one amazing shot after another and broke in the very first game. They held until it was all over. Rafa is out of Wimbledon: 7-6(11), 4-6, 4-6, 6-2, 4-6.
I don’t know what zone Rosol was in. It was so high, I think he should have required an oxygen tank. It would have been awesome to see if he hadn’t been playing Rafa.
|1st Serve %||67%||67%|
|1st Serve Points Won||76/92 (83%)||73/93 (78%)|
|2nd Serve Points Won||29/46 (63%)||26/45 (58%)|
|Break Points Won||3/4 (75%)||4/8 (50%)|
|Statistics on Points|
|Total Service Points Won||102/139 (73%)||102/137 (74%)|
|Total Return Points Won||35/137 (26%)||37/139 (27%)|
|Total Points Won||137/276 (50%)||139/276 (50%)|
|Net Approaches||14/21 (67%)||22/28 (79%)|
|Fastest serve||130 MPH||134 MPH|
|Average 1st serve speed||118 MPH||124 MPH|
|Average 2nd serve speed||95 MPH||101 MPH|