Viña del Mar: No contest
In the day’s last semifinal, Rafa took on #26 Jeremy Chardy of France. I went into the match hoping Chardy would push Rafa a bit. I think Rafa needs it to feel more confident. But that just wasn’t happening. Rafa was playing pretty well, Chardy was not. At all. A player stands no chance against Rafa on clay – even a rusty Rafa – if they aren’t playing their best. It was pretty much a no-contest affair as Rafa is through to the final: 6-2, 6-2.
|Statistics on Serve|
|1st Serve %||79%||78%|
|1st Serve Points Won||32/39 (82%)||18/33 (55%)|
|2nd Serve Points Won||4/10 (40%)||4/9 (44%)|
|Break Points Saved||5/5 (100%)||2/6 (33%)|
|Service Games Played||8||8|
|Statistics on Return|
|1st Return Points Won||15/33 (45%)||7/39 (18%)|
|Second Return Points Won||5/9 (56%)||6/10 (60%)|
|Break Points Won||4/6 (67%)||0/5 (%)|
|Return Games Played||8||8|
|Statistics on Points|
|Total Service Points Won||36/49 (73%)||22/42 (52%)|
|Total Return Points Won||20/42 (48%)||13/49 (27%)|
|Total Points Won||56/91 (62%)||35/91 (38%)|
Some as it happened blatherings:
Chardy is serving to start the match. On the second point, Rafa pushes Chardy out wide to his backhand further and further with each shot and then comes into the net to hit a short angle into the open court. This was not a good sign for Chardy. Rafa breaks to start the match.
Rafa’s forehand is looking good so far. Well, I just jinxed him – he was a little tight on that one and hit it into the net: 15-15. Chardy sends a ball long: 30-15. Double fault: 30-30. Rafa grunts, Chardy puffs…they run each other around until Chardy nets a ball: 40-30. Double fault: deuce. Or not, the out call is overruled after the chair takes a look at the mark. But Rafa goes ahead and double faults any way: deuce. Forehand down the line winner gets Chardy a break point. A nice serve out wide draws an error from Chardy: deuce. Rafa will have none of that…he double faults to give Chardy another break point. Nice forehand that Rafa follows into the net, but he doesn’t need to as Chardy can’t get the ball back: deuce. Chardy sends a ball out (that he shouldn’t have): game point. Oh wow. He shouldn’t have won that point, Chardy had him, but sent a ball long. Game to Rafa: 2-0.
Ace: 15-15. Forehand down the line winner from Rafa: 15-30. Chardy sends another long ball: 15-40. Second serve. Rafa bosses a forehand to break and go up 3-0.
And then Rafa held at love. And the match is so one sided, it’s boring and I’m crocheting while watching now.
Rafa goes on to take the first set 6-2 in just 33 minutes and 41 seconds.
I’d hoped that maybe Chardy would reset a bit after that 1st set. Oh well. There’s still time?
No. Chardy ran out of time. Actually, he ran out of game before he got onto the court. He’s a far better player than he showed tonight. I’m so glad my super-sucky days at work aren’t done in front of a global TV audience.