Rafa lost the Madrid final 3-6, 2-6 to Andy Murray. The match was as baffling as his last match in Barcelona: full of errors and with Rafa looking pretty unsure about what to do to fix them. It wasn’t quite as bad as that prior one, so…that’s some improvement? The part that baffles me the most is how he can play so well one day and then be so off the next. I don’t expect perfect consistency (that’s would be unfair to him), but the wild ups and downs must be giving him whiplash. I hope he can find a way to settle down and get an even keel. I am confident of one thing though – if there’s a way to do that, Rafa will do his best to find it.
Nadal: ‘Let’s Hope These Days Don’t Repeat’. Well, I certainly hope that’s the true.
“The feelings that I have this week have been great,” said Nadal. “The attitude has been very good… My game has been also very good over a lot of days, except for today, which was not my day. Let’s hope these days don’t repeat themselves very often.”
“It’s been complicated today. It’s not the day I was expecting. The match started badly. After that, I lost the rhythm of the game,” said the Mallorca native. “I tried until the very end. I think the attitude was there. During every single moment, I was fighting and trying to give the maximum. It’s one of those days where things just didn’t work out.
“I cannot leave Madrid not happy. I have to leave happy and just delete what happened today. I will just stay with the good things that happened this week, and there are a lot of them, more good than bad. I will try to recover the good feelings in Rome.”
Yes he tried to the end and definitely looked like he was willing to keep pushing if it would help. I didn’t see a lot of pouty faced Rafa, more of a “WTF? This must stop!” Rafa.
“I think I’ve made a step forward and I’m playing better,” said Nadal. “I haven’t been able to play two weeks in a row, well, in the whole year. I think it’s time that I play two weeks in a row. Let’s see what happens next week in Rome. Hopefully I’ll be focused and fight as much as I can to make [it] a good week.
“I’ll try to have a good week in Rome, and by a good week, that does not mean only to win… It’s a very complicated tournament. We have the top players there, but I also know if I manage to play the level I did [Saturday] I can be competitive against every single player.”
Yes – channel Saturday.
Nadal will be the fourth seed in Rome, but his loss in Madrid will see him drop out of the Top 5 in the Emirates ATP Rankings for the first time since 2 May, 2005 (No. 7).
“Whatever will happen will be,” said Nadal. “It’s something that we have to realise, all of us, that what’s happening during these last years, it’s very complicated to be ten or eleven years without leaving the Top 4.”
It’s freaking amazing to have spent 10 consecutive years in the top 5!
|Statistics on Serve|
|1st Serve %||72%||60%|
|1st Serve Points Won||23/34 (68%)||21/31 (68%)|
|2nd Serve Points Won||6/13 (46%)||17/21 (81%)|
|Break Points Saved||3/6 (50%)||3/3 (100%)|
|Service Games Played||8||9|
|Statistics on Return|
|1st Return Points Won||10/31 (32%)||11/34 (32%)|
|Second Return Points Won||4/21 (19%)||7/13 (54%)|
|Break Points Won||0/3 (%)||3/6 (50%)|
|Return Games Played||9||8|
|Statistics on Points|
|Total Service Points Won||29/47 (62%)||38/52 (73%)|
|Total Return Points Won||14/52 (27%)||18/47 (38%)|
|Total Points Won||43/99 (43%)||56/99 (57%)|