IW: A classic match-up, but not a classic match
We all know the history – Rafa/Roger, Fedal, however you want to call it. Their on-court relationship has been a big part of recent tennis history and each meeting is met with great anticipation. To make this match even more intriguing, this was the first time since 2004 that they met before a semi in a tournament – neither had been ranked low enough for that to happen since 2005. Even knowing Federer was coming into the match with a bad back and Rafa with a cranky knee couldn’t lower fans’ expectations or dampen the hype. I mean, it’s still Fedal, right?
Rafa came out playing aggressively and Federer came out looking like he had a stiff back. That’s not to say the tennis was bad, just that Fed was a bit off and Rafa took advantage – he broke in the 7th game to go up 4-3. He then held solidly and had break/set points in the next game, but good serving always saved Fed. Didn’t matter as Rafa went on to serve out the set 6-4.
Set two started with Rafa breaking at love. Things were looking dire for Fed as Rafa held and then broke again. Errors (and nerves?) crept into Rafa’s game and Federer broke for 1-3. It still really felt like the air was out of the match by this point, though. Rafa broke again to go up 5-2. Rafa served it out and he’s through to the semis.
|Statistics on Serve|
|1st Serve %||67%||64%|
|1st Serve Points Won||27/35 (77%)||30/48 (63%)|
|2nd Serve Points Won||9/17 (53%)||8/27 (30%)|
|Break Points Saved||1/2 (50%)||7/11 (64%)|
|Service Games Played||9||9|
|Statistics on Return|
|1st Return Points Won||18/48 (38%)||8/35 (23%)|
|Second Return Points Won||19/27 (70%)||8/17 (47%)|
|Break Points Won||4/11 (36%)||1/2 (50%)|
|Return Games Played||9||9|
|Statistics on Points|
|Total Service Points Won||36/52 (69%)||38/75 (51%)|
|Total Return Points Won||37/75 (49%)||16/52 (31%)|
|Total Points Won||73/127 (57%)||54/127 (43%)|