Hamburg: Done with doubles

Photo via EFE

Photo via EFE

Rafa and fellow Mallorcan Juame Munar took on the top seeded Italian duo of Bolelli and Fognini today in a very rainy Hamburg. (I could hear the rain pounding on the stadium roof in my crappy stream.) I was at work and couldn’t pay too much attention to the match, but the tiny bit I saw seemed like it was the Rafa we’d seen this year – brilliant shots followed by some errors. It certainly didn’t help that it was a first time doubles duo playing an established and successful team. Rafa/Juame went down double breaks in each set – at one point they were in danger of being bagled in the second set – only to end up fighting back a bit to make the score a bit more respectable.

Rafa’s Hamburg doubles campaign came to an end with a 4-6, 2-6 loss.

J Munar/R Nadal S Bolelli/F Fognini
Statistics on Serve
Aces 1 2
Double Faults 1 2
1st Serve % 72% 65%
1st Serve Points Won 22/38 (58%) 24/35 (69%)
2nd Serve Points Won 5/15 (33%) 10/19 (53%)
Break Points Saved 3/8 (38%) 2/4 (50%)
Service Games Played 9 9
Statistics on Return
1st Return Points Won 11/35 (31%) 16/38 (42%)
Second Return Points Won 9/19 (47%) 10/15 (67%)
Break Points Won 2/4 (50%) 5/8 (63%)
Return Games Played 9 9
Statistics on Points
Total Service Points Won 27/53 (51%) 34/54 (63%)
Total Return Points Won 20/54 (37%) 26/53 (49%)
Total Points Won 47/107 (44%) 60/107 (56%)

Did you get to see the match? How did you think Rafa played?

3 Responses

  1. sia says:

    I watched. I can’t really say that Rafa played a focussed, well planned match but there were creative rallies (which were usually won by Bolelli and Fogs) and he and Jaume seemed to be having fun out there.

  2. Elizabeth Howard says:

    Rafael was enjoying himself and giving the opportunity to Jaume to experience the big time. He did well and played some great rallies. Rafael got court time and to day is an important match v Fernando Verdasco. Vamos Rafaaaaa