WTF: Into the final

Photo by AP Photo/Alastair Grant

Photo by AP Photo/Alastair Grant

In the first semifinal of the day in London, Rafa took on #7 and long-time rival Roger Federer. Their matches have often been very up and down. Their last one in Cincy was an exciting affair. Today’s wasn’t quite that intense, but it was much more interesting than some of their blow-outs. Both players were playing pretty well, but Rafa had that extra something. He went up a break in the 9th game of the first set, but was unable to consolidate and serve it out. Despite that wobble, he broke in the next game and then served it out. There was an early break in the 2nd set and that’s all he needed. He’s through 7-5, 6-3.

This was the first time he’s beaten Federer at the WTF.


Stats:

NadalFederer
Statistics on Serve
Aces26
Double Faults01
1st Serve %77%66%
1st Serve Points Won32/43 (74%)27/39 (69%)
2nd Serve Points Won9/13 (69%)8/20 (40%)
Break Points Saved3/4 (75%)0/4 (0%)
Service Games Played1011
Statistics on Return
1st Return Points Won12/39 (31%)11/43 (26%)
Second Return Points Won12/20 (60%)4/13 (31%)
Break Points Won4/4 (100%)1/4 (25%)
Return Games Played1110
Statistics on Points
Total Service Points Won41/56 (73%)35/59 (59%)
Total Return Points Won24/59 (41%)15/56 (27%)
Total Points Won65/115 (57%)50/115 (43%)
Other Stats
Winners1517
Unforced errors1432
Net Approaches4/4 (100%)5/11 (45%)

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24 Responses

  1. Ruthie says:

    Well played Rafa – happy he is through to the final. Now all we need is for Wawrinka to beat Novak :)

    Vamos our Rafa & God bless.

  2. An says:

    Solid performance from Rafa! Roger wasn’t playing poorly but Rafa was clearly the better player!

    Vamos for the final Rafa!

  3. Tina says:

    Congratulations to Rafa for the victory. Always nice to see, how much respect he has, when he defeats Roger.
    A great first set of tennis from both players, and I always cherish their matches, because we never know, when it will be the last time we get to see those great champions together in an important match as of today.

    So happy for Rafa, and may good fortune stay with him tomorrow, regardless WHO he meets in the final. It would be so great, if he finally can go all the way- here´s hoping SO much for that!

    VAMOS

    • Ramara says:

      Yes, respect. No jumping this time, just a modest fist pump. Roger played a good first set and wasn’t a pushover in the 2nd. Roger did have a very tough match vs Delpo yesterday.

      Rafa looked really pumped in the hallway before the match, haven’t seen him jumping like that for a long, long time!

      Good luck to Wawa – if you can’t beat the Djoker, wear him down a bit, eh?

  4. dk says:

    I almost feel like Rafa needs to win tomorrow to cross off the WTF trophy on his list of yet-to-achieve accomplishments. It won’t be easy to win over Novak but I will be keeping my fingers crossed.

    • sunset says:

      I felt the same in 2010 when Rafa beat Andy to play Roger in the final–almost felt like he owed it to Andy to win the whole thing. Didn’t turn out that way. I think both Rafa and Novak (provided he wins today) would be extremely motivated tomorrow. May the better player win (and hope that it turns out to be Rafa, fingers crossed).

  5. Casmis says:

    Another very well-played match for Rafa and in to the finals. Really hoping for the win on Monday, but win or lose, he has already dramatically improved his record on his least favorite surface.

    So much to admire in this man’s tennis – always working to improve. He truly has earned the #1 ranking.

    Vamos Rafa! There will be millions of us cheering for you on Monday!!

  6. v.arunachalam says:

    2013 is the year that has asserted Nadal is all courts champion, esp. hard court though an aberration in the form of wimbledon where too he won 2 championships with more finalist positions there. Indoor hard court too turned out to be different for Nadal for 2013 where only he lost 4 times to Federer out of his over all 10 defeats against him.Now, he set right this ignominy. More master tour wins, olympic gold, head to head lead against all,record 8 grand slam in french open,world no.1 regain thrice & what not. If Nadal wins 5 more grand slams, every Federer fan will acknoledge that Nadal is the greatest of all of all times.

    Well done in semi which is the best of all the matches hitherto of nadal in this tournament.

  7. Annie says:

    I’m having the good feelings about tomorrow’s final. That said I’ll be rooting hard for Stan who has
    had a great first appearance at the WTF’s.

    What impresses me most about Rafa’s game is his serve. It’s not fast but man is it effective!

  8. Annie says:

    btw, just ordered my calendars! So excited.

  9. Joel Cooley says:

    Dear Nole

    Good luck today against Stan, please win.

    We apologize in advance for the ass whippin’ you are going to take from Rafa tomorrow.

    Cordially,

    Nadal Nation

  10. heath says:

    Every time Rafa beats Roger I always sense a hint of regret mingled in with his sense of achievement; like he’s sorry he’s beaten the great man once again.

    I’d really love Rafa to take this title at the end of a phenomenal year. But regardless of opponent and outcome, please give us a great final tomorrow! Vamos Rafa :)

    • Sharon/London says:

      Agree Heath. Never over celebrates when he wins. Rarely hear a VAMOS , fist pumps only when he has his back to Roger. Rafa has so much respect for Roger.

  11. dk says:

    I am not sure where to ask this: I believe that Nadal is the only player ever to hold 3 majors on 3 different surfaces in the same calendar year. Is this incorrect?

    • Allyn Sims says:

      Yes, that’s true. That’s one of many “stands alone” achievements Rafa has.

      • dk says:

        It seems to me that this may be a more significant achievement than a calendar slam on only 2 different surfaces. I am surprised that we don’t hear more of it – perhaps tennis journalists are not as knowledgeable as I thought.

  12. kaushik says:

    iam not able to see matches due to my exams but fantastic performance from rafa in reaching the finals ,a big vamoss from here .proud of my champ .iam sure he really wants this trophy badly and will come all guns blazing at o2 arena tonight against djoker .all the best ,nobody could have imagined all this 9 months ago at chile open ,better than a dream season this

  13. kaushik says:

    btw miri ,it seems you once again forgot your chatbox subscriptions ,plz ask us fans to pay i seroiusly mean it :-)its totally worth it

  14. Ch F says:

    Good match Rafa, now you need to do all that and a bit more tonight ;-)

    Great serve, passing shots worked, backhand solid.

    Vamos Rafa! So proud of you!

  15. Lucia says:

    As the Nike Tennis fb post says,
    “Close the year. Conquer the world.”
    So, Vamos tonight!

  16. Ruthie says:

    Good luck in the final Rafa – I hope you play great tennis.

    Vamos & God bless.

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