Hamburg: Sliding through the semis

Photo by Daniel Reinhardt/dpa via AP

Photo by Daniel Reinhardt/dpa via AP

Today in the Hamburg semifinals, Rafa played #26 Andreas Seppi. The match was pretty one-sided with Rafa dominating. Up 6-1, 2-0, however, Rafa sat down mid-game for an injury time out. Needless to say, this caused a lot of concern. People listening in heard mentions of issues ranging from tummy issues to breathing problems to tachycardia. So, no one’s really quite sure what happened. His serve seemed worse after the injury break (not as much bend and jump into it), but other than that, seemed to move fine as he finished out the match. Rafa’s into the final: 6-1, 6-2.

The time-out took place soon after this fun point:

 

Video of the time out:

(Posted by Nadal Power.)

 

Rafa spoke a bit about the injury time out during his post-match interview for the ATP:

 
From the quotes in this ATP report, Rafa seems to be happy with his form:

“From the beginning I played great, since the first game that I hit a few winners,” Nadal added. “I was very comfortable on court today, feeling the ball well, with topspin to his backhand and then changing to his forehand down the line – a very important shot for me. In general it was a very positive match.”

Nadal Seppi
Statistics on Serve
Aces 1 0
Double Faults 3 3
1st Serve % 80% 47%
1st Serve Points Won 23/32 (72%) 10/25 (40%)
2nd Serve Points Won 3/8 (38%) 8/28 (29%)
Break Points Saved 0/2 (0%) 2/9 (22%)
Service Games Played 7 8
Statistics on Return
1st Return Points Won 15/25 (60%) 9/32 (28%)
Second Return Points Won 20/28 (71%) 5/8 (63%)
Break Points Won 7/9 (78%) 2/2 (100%)
Return Games Played 8 7
Statistics on Points
Total Service Points Won 26/40 (65%) 18/53 (34%)
Total Return Points Won 35/53 (66%) 14/40 (35%)
Total Points Won 61/93 (66%) 32/93 (34%)
Other Stats
Winners 21 14
Unforced errors 7 30
Net Approaches 7/9 (78%) 2/2 (100%)

3 Responses

  1. CB says:

    Such a pleasure to watch Rafa today, he was firing on all cylinders in the first set from the very first point. What a scare in the second set; hopefully, the problem was only temporary. Even so, he closed out the set well. Really funny to hear commentator Mark Knowles chide himself for giving a Rafa a B- yesterday! :) He will have to continue this high level tomorrow but I hope that the “third time is the charm” for Rafa and he will be victorious over Fognini. And I just have to say I love his outfit! Without a doubt he is the best-dressed of all the players at the tourney.

  2. jodiecate says:

    I enjoyed this match so much. It mostly looked like Rafa usually looks on clay – like he hasn’t looked all year. Of course the weather really helped. I hope the weather will be very similar for the match with Fognini. Seppi played pretty badly – not really surprising since Rafa was playing so well, i’m sure that’d stuff you up a fair bit – but i expect things to be tougher against Fabio.

    Can he do two in a row? Warm, sunny weather + motivation of payback for previous losses + the success of being able to tough things out against FV and JV = yes he can!!

    Better not to expect anything though. I’ll be happy with a good match. : )

  3. Aero says:

    Okay, I just finished watching this match and I have to say this is the best I’ve seen Rafa play this year. This is close to vintage Rafa. He played with complete conviction. His forehand winners were scorchers. I only hope he can keep it up. He lost serve at the end of the first set which I feel was more due to that lucky net cord hit by Seppi and a double fault. I still think Rafa needs to improve on his serve but overall his game here was a pleasure to watch. I’ve been nervous watching him all year due to his inconsistency. His injury time out was a little concerning but hopefully just a stomach thing. If he can maintain this standard he should have no problem getting revenge tomorrow in the final!