In the first men’s quarterfinal match at this year’s China Open, Rafa played #30 Jack Sock. Rafa got off to a slow start, dropping the first set. He steadily improved and finished the match with some solid hitting. He’s through to the semis with a 3-6, 6-4, 6-3 win.
|Statistics on Serve|
|1st Serve %||64%||53%|
|1st Serve Points Won||39/51 (76%)||31/42 (74%)|
|2nd Serve Points Won||15/29 (52%)||19/37 (51%)|
|Break Points Saved||4/6 (67%)||5/8 (63%)|
|Service Games Played||14||14|
|Statistics on Return|
|1st Return Points Won||11/42 (26%)||12/51 (24%)|
|Second Return Points Won||18/37 (49%)||14/29 (48%)|
|Break Points Won||3/8 (38%)||2/6 (33%)|
|Return Games Played||14||14|
|Statistics on Points|
|Total Service Points Won||54/80 (68%)||50/79 (63%)|
|Total Return Points Won||28/79 (35%)||26/80 (33%)|
|Total Points Won||83/159 (52%)||76/159 (48%)|
|Net Approaches||6/11 (55%)||8/16 (50%)|
After both men started the match with quick, strong service holds, Rafa struggled on his and went down double break point. He got back to deuce, but then down another break point, he double faulted to give Sock a 2-1 lead. In the 6th game, Rafa went up triple break point. Sock steadied his play and got back to deuce. Rafa got another break point, but Sock saved it with a smoking forehand and he went on to hold. In the 9th game, serving to stay in the set and down a break point, Rafa double faulted to give Sock the set.
Rafa played a smart game to start the second set and broke Sock’s serve. And you know what? Rafa held that lead and, when serving for the set, served it out. This was a very good new.
Rafa started the 7th game of the third set with some vintage hitting. Sock donated an error and Rafa ran with it to break and take a 4-3 lead. Rafa held and then came out firing in the 9th game. He went up double break point, but just needed the first one to break, take the game, set and match.