Viña del Mar: Shaking off the rust
For his return to tour singles, Rafa played #128 Federico Delbonis of Argentina today. Looking rusty, a bit unsure, and cautious, Rafa was broken in the very first game. He started settling in, however, and broke in the 4th game to put the match back on serve 2-2. He blew some break points in his next receiving game, but it was the 7th game that kept going and going with neither player being able to put together two points in a row. Finally, up an ad, Rafa he a lovely forehand winner to earn the break and go up 5-4. Rafa served it out to take the first set 6-3.
Rafa sweats a lot, serves pretty well, looks better as he goes, wins 1st 6-3. Some rust in movement, but not in overhead. #atp
— Steve Tignor (@SteveTignor) February 6, 2013
Set two started off very differently from the first – Rafa broke in the first game and gave us a nice fist pump, vamos, hop combo.
Leaping fistpump for Nadal after he breaks to open the second. Got the sense he started today with some doubts, but he’s gaining steam now.
— Ben Rothenberg (@BenRothenberg) February 6, 2013
Rafa gaining steam is a beautiful thing. He went steamrolled his way to an easy hold and then broke at love for a 3-0 lead. In no time, Rafa was serving his first match win in a long time. On his first match point, he sent a forehand long to drop to deuce. A nice serve earned him match point #2. And that was the match point he needed: Rafa defeats Delbonis 6-3, 6-2.
|Statistics on Serve|
|1st Serve %||72%||71%|
|1st Serve Points Won||23/36 (64%)||28/50 (56%)|
|2nd Serve Points Won||11/14 (79%)||8/20 (40%)|
|Break Points Saved||0/1 (0%)||7/11 (64%)|
|Service Games Played||9||8|
|Statistics on Return|
|1st Return Points Won||22/50 (44%)||13/36 (36%)|
|Second Return Points Won||12/20 (60%)||3/14 (21%)|
|Break Points Won||4/11 (36%)||1/1 (100%)|
|Return Games Played||8||9|
|Statistics on Points|
|Total Service Points Won||34/50 (68%)||36/70 (51%)|
|Total Return Points Won||34/70 (49%)||16/50 (32%)|
|Total Points Won||68/120 (57%)||52/120 (43%)|