Rafa played #1 Novak Djokovic in the China Open final today. Rafa’s play, court positioning and body language were so much better today than they have been in ages. It wasn’t enough, however. to halt the unstoppable Djokovic in Beijing. Djokovic wins 6-2, 6-2.
|Statistics on Serve|
|1st Serve %||71%||82%|
|1st Serve Points Won||19/34 (56%)||33/47 (70%)|
|2nd Serve Points Won||5/14 (36%)||5/10 (50%)|
|Break Points Saved||1/5 (20%)||2/2 (100%)|
|Service Games Played||8||8|
|Statistics on Return|
|1st Return Points Won||14/47 (30%)||15/34 (44%)|
|Second Return Points Won||5/10 (50%)||9/14 (64%)|
|Break Points Won||0/2 (%)||4/5 (80%)|
|Return Games Played||8||8|
|Statistics on Points|
|Total Service Points Won||24/48 (50%)||38/57 (67%)|
|Total Return Points Won||19/57 (33%)||24/48 (50%)|
|Total Points Won||43/105 (41%)||62/105 (59%)|
Continuing a trend this week, Rafa won the toss and elected to serve. It backfired as he was broken in the first game. (That would be his worst game of the first set, but not the first time he would be broken.) Rafa had break chances in the 6th game, but Djokovic held. Rafa went up 40-0 in the next game, but some crazy, exciting points later, Djokovic broke for a 5-2 lead. Djokovic held and the first set was his.
After both men held to start set two, Rafa stopped at 0-30 on his serve to get some attention from the trainer on his right foot. He was wincing when he came back out onto the court but seemed to move okay as he was broken to give Djokovic a 2-1 lead. Djokovic broke again in the 5th game for a 5-1 lead.