In his second round match, Rafa played #102 Dustin Brown today at Wimbledon. Prior to this match, they’d only met once – on grass; won by Brown. Brown’s game is made for grass, but also lacks consistency. Would he be able to put together three sets against Rafa? The answer turned out to be yes. Brown defeated Rafa 7-5, 3-6, 6-4, 6-4.
Why do underdogs often play the “match of their lives” against the top ranked players? They know they have no other choice. They know their usual game won’t win. It’s the price the greats play for being great. It’s up to them to raise their game to meet the challenge. Rafa tried and fought today, but his game just didn’t gel. Part of that was him (and his forehand being off), but a big part of it was Brown never allowing anything to sit long enough to gel. It is what it is. Wimbledon done. Move on.
|Statistics on Serve|
|1st Serve %||72%||66%|
|1st Serve Points Won||64/93 (69%)||61/79 (77%)|
|2nd Serve Points Won||17/37 (46%)||21/40 (53%)|
|Break Points Saved||7/11 (64%)||2/5 (40%)|
|Service Games Played||20||21|
|Statistics on Return|
|1st Return Points Won||?/? (%)||?/? (%)|
|Second Return Points Won||?/? (%)||?/? (%)|
|Break Points Won||3/5 (60%)||4/11 (36%)|
|Return Games Played||21||20|
|Statistics on Points|
|Total Service Points Won||81/130 (62%)||82/119 (69%)|
|Total Return Points Won||37/119 (31%)||49/130 (38%)|
|Total Points Won||118/249 (47%)||131/249 (53%)|
|Net Approaches||26/41 (63%)||49/85 (58%)|
(Again, the return stats are screwed up on the Wimbledon site.)
Rafa had an excellent return game at 1-1 and broke. Brown had an amazing return game of his own at 2-3 and broke back to level the set. Both men held until Rafa was serving to stay in the set. Brown went up double break point. Rafa saved one, but on the second one, Brown smacked a return right at Rafa. Rafa couldn’t get out of the way (whacked himself hard on the leg trying to) and he was broken. First set Brown: 7-5.
In the second set, Rafa once again broke in the 1-1 game. This time, he held on to the break lead and then broke again in the 9th game to take the set 6-3.
In the fifth game of the third set, Rafa served two double faults in a row to go from game point to break point against. He was broken: 2-3. That was the only break Brown needed to take the set 6-4.
In the first game of the forth set, Rafa went down a break point. In one of the few rallies of any length, Rafa worked to open the court and then stepped in to hit a fierce forehand only to have it go well, well wide. Brown went on to serve ou.