Today, Rafa played #24 Bernard Tomic in the Stuttgart quarterfinals. While Tomic is an erratic player, his big serve and wicked slices could have presented Rafa with a huge challenge. At the start of the match, Rafa wasn’t able to make any inroads on Tomic’s serve as both guys were holding with ease. That changed in the 7th game as Rafa broke to take the lead. That was enough for him to take go on and take the set 6-4.
Rafa broke in the first game of second set, but Tomic broke right back. The set went to a tiebreaker that found Rafa double faulting with set point against.
The third set was more straightforward for Rafa. He broke in the second game and managed to hold until the match was his: 6-4, 6-7(6), 6-3. Next up is Monfils.
In the bits of the match I was able to pay attention to, I thought Rafa was moving and serving well. He had his grass tactics book open and was serving and volleying. The best thing? He was grinning like this by the end of the match:
— Inés S. (@gandaines) June 12, 2015
|Statistics on Serve|
|1st Serve %||68%||70%|
|1st Serve Points Won||60/75 (80%)||51/66 (77%)|
|2nd Serve Points Won||16/35 (46%)||12/28 (43%)|
|Break Points Saved||8/9 (89%)||3/6 (50%)|
|Service Games Played||16||15|
|Statistics on Return|
|1st Return Points Won||15/66 (23%)||15/75 (20%)|
|Second Return Points Won||16/28 (57%)||19/35 (54%)|
|Break Points Won||3/6 (50%)||1/9 (11%)|
|Return Games Played||15||16|
|Statistics on Points|
|Total Service Points Won||76/110 (69%)||63/94 (67%)|
|Total Return Points Won||31/94 (33%)||34/110 (31%)|
|Total Points Won||107/204 (52%)||97/204 (48%)|