The short story: Seems like Rafa’s day is going even worse than mine as he lost to Djokovic in the Roland Garros quarterfinals: 5-7 3-6 1-6.
He’s lost here before. It didn’t kill him. He’ll survive. He still has 9 Roland Garros Trophies. No one can take that away from him. And at 70-2, he still has an impossibly good win/loss record at the tournament. (But I do want to give him a big hug.)
|Statistics on Serve|
|1st Serve %||60%||63%|
|1st Serve Points Won||33/56 (59%)||38/50 (76%)|
|2nd Serve Points Won||14/37 (38%)||18/30 (60%)|
|Break Points Saved||11/18 (61%)||3/5 (60%)|
|Service Games Played||14||14|
|Statistics on Return|
|1st Return Points Won||12/50 (24%)||23/56 (41%)|
|Second Return Points Won||12/30 (40%)||23/37 (62%)|
|Break Points Won||2/5 (40%)||7/18 (39%)|
|Return Games Played||14||14|
|Statistics on Points|
|Total Service Points Won||47/93 (51%)||56/80 (70%)|
|Total Return Points Won||24/80 (30%)||46/93 (49%)|
|Total Points Won||71/173 (41%)||105/173 (61%)|
|Net Approaches||11/24 (46%)||25/36 (69%)|
(Hopefully I got the stats somewhat right. You can view more and double check me here.)
And here’s the notes I started during the match before all hell broke loose at work:
What’s more stressful than Rafole? Watching Rafole at work during a software roll-out project I’ve been working to get ready for 4 months. My stress level wasn’t helped with the way the match started: Djokovic looking calm and Rafa firing errors: Djokovic quickly went up 4-0. Then Rafa’s shots started landing in and Djokovic hit some nervous shots. Almost just as quickly, we were back on serve 4-4. Djokovic held at love, and Rafa found himself serving to stay in the set. Djokovic held two set points, but Rafa fought back to deuce once and saved the second with a drop shot winner (that was amazing). At that deuce, Rafa got a time violation warning (despite the fact Djokovic was also taking way too long on serve). Djokovic earned his third set point by wrong footing Rafa with a forehand winner. Again, Rafa saved with a drop shot. After 12 minutes, Rafa finally held for 5-5. Then the VP of my company came over to talk to me and I missed Djokovic holding for 6-5. When I looked up, Rafa Djokosmashed to 30-30 while serving at 5-6. Djokovic then drew a backhand error to get set point. This time, Rafa’s smash was good and we were back at deuce. Djokovic pulled Rafa in with a drop shot and then hit a volley winner: set point, again. Djokovic failed to return Rafa’s second serve: deuce. Again, Djokovic bossed a point: set point. First set: Djokovic: 7-5.
And then my work project blew up (it’s still blowing – so sorry this is a messy post).