After a slightly shaky (and a bit shanky) start, Rafa buckled down and defeated Fernando Verdasco in the first round of the Hamburg tournament. The turning point seemed to be a 12 minute hold Rafa struggled through in the first game of the second set. After he managed to close that game out and hold, there was no turning back. It must have felt great to be able to turn the tide on the match.
Rafa defeats Verdasco: 3-6, 6-1, 6-1.
Thanks to rain, we don’t know who Rafa will play in the next round yet.
|Statistics on Serve|
|1st Serve %||73%||74%|
|1st Serve Points Won||37/58 (64%)||32/56 (57%)|
|2nd Serve Points Won||13/22 (59%)||7/20 (35%)|
|Break Points Saved||7/9 (78%)||5/11 (45%)|
|Service Games Played||11||12|
|Statistics on Return|
|1st Return Points Won||24/56 (43%)||21/58 (36%)|
|Second Return Points Won||13/20 (65%)||9/22 (41%)|
|Break Points Won||6/11 (55%)||2/9 (22%)|
|Return Games Played||12||11|
|Statistics on Points|
|Total Service Points Won||50/80 (63%)||39/76 (51%)|
|Total Return Points Won||37/76 (49%)||30/80 (38%)|
|Total Points Won||87/156 (56%)||69/156 (44%)|