Rafa played his forth round match against #15 Kei Nishikori. While I really hate how much people are harping on the weather and Rafa’s game, it was sunny, the court was drier and Rafa did look much more relaxed. He was also playing a guy who isn’t a flashy erratic player with huge serves, so that might have something to do with his change in demeanor as well. If that wasn’t enough, breaking in the 5th game of the first set certainly helped.
That one break was all he needed in the first set. He was hungry for more in the second, however, as he broke at will to take it 6-1. Kei had lost belief and Rafa was pouncing. He still had a few too many errors in the match, but I’m not complaining! That was a stress-free path to the quarters: 6-4, 6-1, 6-3.
|1st Serve %||69%||65%|
|1st Serve Points Won||39/54 (72%)||27/51 (53%)|
|2nd Serve Points Won||16/24 (67%)||15/27 (56%)|
|Break Points Saved||4/4 (100%)||3/8 (38%)|
|Break Points Won||5/8 (63%)||0/4 (%)|
|Statistics on Points|
|Total Service Points Won||55/78 (71%)||42/78 (54%)|
|Total Return Points Won||36/78 (46%)||23/78 (29%)|
|Total Points Won||91/156 (58%)||65/156 (42%)|
|Net Approaches||6/8 (75%)||8/16 (50%)|