Rafa took on #16 and grass court hatin’ Gael Monfils today in Stuttgart. It’s really a shame Monfils dislikes grass so much. You’d think his flashy style would be perfectly suited to it and that he could be a lot of fun if he embraced the surface like a certain other player.
The first game was a protracted affair – with Rafa having to save three break points – but Rafa eventually held. Was this how the match was going to go? Nope. Rafa did get a break point in Monfils’s next serve, but then there were a few holds at love. In the 6th game, Monfils double faulted on break point against and Rafa was up 4-2. He hung on to his lead and took the set 6-3.
In the 4th game of the second set, Rafa saved a break point against with a beautiful serve and volley point. He really looked to be getting his grass court legs under him. In the 9th game and down break point, Monfils went for a showy jump shot and missed. This gave Rafa 5-4 and the chance to serve for the match. Rafa couldn’t find a first serve in that last game, but that didn’t stop him from holding at love and taking the match 6-3, 6-4.
|Statistics on Serve|
|1st Serve %||61%||70%|
|1st Serve Points Won||29/38 (76%)||29/40 (73%)|
|2nd Serve Points Won||16/24 (67%)||7/17 (41%)|
|Break Points Saved||4/4 (100%)||4/6 (67%)|
|Service Games Played||10||9|
|Statistics on Return|
|1st Return Points Won||11/40 (28%)||9/38 (24%)|
|Second Return Points Won||10/17 (59%)||8/24 (33%)|
|Break Points Won||2/6 (33%)||0/4 (%)|
|Return Games Played||9||10|
|Statistics on Points|
|Total Service Points Won||45/62 (73%)||36/57 (63%)|
|Total Return Points Won||21/57 (37%)||17/62 (27%)|
|Total Points Won||66/119 (55%)||53/119 (45%)|