Rafa played #1 Novak Djokovic in the first men’s semifinal at Roland Garros today. It was the 35th meeting between the two men – their last slam meeting was in last year’s final. As expected, they came out swinging. Rafa struggled mightily on his first service game. Things got better after that as he broke Nole in the 7th game to go up 4-3. He rode that break to take the first set 6-4.
Unlike the first set, the second set started with players making weird errors. Rafa’s ball started bouncing amazingly high and frustrating Nole to no end. This lead to Rafa breaking in the 5th game for a 3-2 lead. Nole, however, broke right back and went on to take the set 6-3. His game had settled big time and he was looking much more confident.
The second game of the 3rd set had a low-energy Nole being broken. Rafa followed that up with a love hold. The rest of the was just weird. Rafa took it 6-1.
Rafa broke in the 7th game of the 4th go to up 4-3. Excellent returning had Nole breaking right back, though. Rafa broke in the 11th game to go up 6-5 to earn the right to serve from the end of the court that no one had won a game on in a while. They went to a tiebreak which Nole dominated to take the 5th set 7-6(3).
Rafa was broken in the first game of the 5th set. He broke back though…I forget which game because right now I’m too emotional/exhausted. I can’t begin to describe that set right now. It was alternately weird and freaking brilliant. Rafa’s through to the final: 6-4, 3-6, 6-1, 6-7(3), 9-7.
|1st Serve %||64%||67%|
|1st Serve Points Won||73/102 (72%)||76/118 (64%)|
|2nd Serve Points Won||35/58 (60%)||30/57 (53%)|
|Break Points Saved||4/9 (44%)||8/16 (50%)|
|Break Points Won||8/16 (50%)||5/9 (56%)|
|Statistics on Points|
|Total Service Points Won||108/160 (68%)||106/175 (61%)|
|Total Return Points Won||69/175 (39%)||52/160 (33%)|
|Total Points Won||177/335 (53%)||158/335 (47%)|
|Net Approaches||15/26 (58%)||32/50 (64%)|