Rafa started and ended his 2013 Wimbledon by playing #135 Steve Darcis of Belgium. From the start of the match, Rafa was clearly showing some grass court rust and Darcis, was not. Darcis took the first set in a tiebreaker while we all wondered which would last longer: his amazing or Rafa’s subpar form. Darcis broke Rafa in 11th game to go up 6-5. Rafa broke right back to force a tiebreak, but Darcis took that and the first set: 7-6(4).
Rafa broke in the 11th game of the 2nd, but much like Rafa did in the first set, Darcis broke right back to force a tiebreak. The tit-for-tat stopped there, however, as Darcis went on to take the set 7-6(8).
By now, there were as many comments on how Rafa could seem to push off with his backhand as there were about how smartly Darcis was playing. Which is a shame for Darcis because he was playing so well. He didn’t let what was going on on the other side of the net deter him. He defeats Rafa 7-6(4), 7-6(8), 6-4.
I’m not going to pretend this doesn’t suck. It does. It sucks massively. This is Rafa’s first round loss in a slam ever. I just hope there’s no further damage to Rafa’s knees, that he can take some time off in Mallorca and come back strong in the fall. I’ll just keep watching that Roland Garros semi and final over and over until then.
|1st Serve %||67%||60%|
|1st Serve Points Won||52/80 (65%)||53/72 (74%)|
|2nd Serve Points Won||21/39 (54%)||28/49 (57%)|
|Break Points Saved||8/11 (73%)||5/7 (71%)|
|Break Points Won||2/7 (29%)||3/11 (27%)|
|Statistics on Points|
|Total Service Points Won||73/116 (63%)||81/121 (67%)|
|Total Return Points Won||40/121 (33%)||46/119 (39%)|
|Total Points Won||113/237 (48%)||127/237 (54%)|
|Net Approaches||28/36 (78%)||32/46 (70%)|