Rafa defeated #11 Richard Gasquet 6-4, 7-6(7) in the first semifinal of the day in Basel.
Following recent trends, Rafa elected to serve and was broken right away. We all gasped in worry when Rafa started flexing his right knee after a point. He was visited by the trainer on the changeover, but no time out was taken. Another changeover later and the old knee tape below his knee was back. Let’s hope it’s nothing serious. Rafa managed to break back and level the set at 4-4. That was followed by a swift hold and then a break to take the set 6-4.
A marathon game to start the second set ended with Gasquet breaking Rafa. Gasquet double faulted twice while serving for the set. Rafa said, “you want to give it to me? No, I want to take it.” He hit an amazing passing shot to get double break point and then followed that up with aggressive deep hitting to break and level the set at 5-5. They went on to a tiebreak where Rafa went up a minibreak right away. Gasquet leveled things and got a minibreak and two set points thanks to a backhand error from Rafa. Rafa saved them and then they traded some stunning trademark shots (forehand from Rafa; backhand from Gasquet) to end up at 7-7. Rafa won the next Gasquet service point and then finished out the match on his own serve.
|Statistics on Serve|
|1st Serve %||73%||66%|
|1st Serve Points Won||43/60 (72%)||36/54 (67%)|
|2nd Serve Points Won||11/22 (50%)||13/28 (46%)|
|Break Points Saved||6/8 (75%)||5/8 (63%)|
|Service Games Played||11||11|
|Statistics on Return|
|1st Return Points Won||18/54 (33%)||17/60 (28%)|
|Second Return Points Won||15/28 (54%)||11/22 (50%)|
|Break Points Won||3/8 (38%)||2/8 (25%)|
|Return Games Played||11||11|
|Statistics on Points|
|Total Service Points Won||54/82 (66%)||49/82 (60%)|
|Total Return Points Won||33/82 (40%)||28/82 (34%)|
|Total Points Won||87/164 (53%)||77/164 (47%)|
|Net Approaches||14/21 (67%)||17/25 (68%)|