Paris: No deja vu here

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For the second week in a row, Rafa’s first singles match of a tournament was against Lukas Rosol. While last week was a tight struggle, this one was a steam roll. Rafa was dominant in the match – playing crisp, clean tennis, serving well and looking to be with colm. Rafa’s through 6-2, 6-2.

Nadal Rosol
Statistics on Serve
Aces 4 4
Double Faults 1 1
1st Serve % 64% 67%
1st Serve Points Won 23/25 (92%) 22/38 (58%)
2nd Serve Points Won 10/14 (71%) 8/19 (42%)
Break Points Saved 1/1 (100%) 4/8 (50%)
Service Games Played 8 8
Statistics on Return
1st Return Points Won 16/38 (42%) 2/25 (8%)
Second Return Points Won 11/19 (58%) 4/14 (29%)
Break Points Won 4/8 (50%) 0/1 (%)
Return Games Played 8 8
Statistics on Points
Total Service Points Won 33/39 (85%) 30/57 (53%)
Total Return Points Won 27/57 (47%) 6/39 (15%)
Total Points Won 60/96 (63%) 36/96 (38%)
Other Stats
Winners 16 16
Unforced errors 7 27
Net Approaches 4/8 (50%) 0/1 (0%)

9 Responses

  1. Rob says:

    love when he has a routine win to rest the knees. Particularly against Rosol.

    Sharpe and to the point.

  2. Amberoxx says:

    My view how Rafa can beat anyone everyday.
    Improve serve, return.
    Switch b/n offense defense regularly playing inside baseline no matter wat. Nevr lose the court. Take the ball on the rise. Play like nothing to lose. Keep points short.
    Only problem vl b djkr (tactically superior) who is looming in semis. But he has job cut out for now in Anderson.

  3. mallorcanchamp says:

    Caught the game at the start of the 2nd set (previous matches finished so quick it messed my starting time calculations)

    Ball bounces so high here you could see Rosol was not having a good time playing against Rafa’s spin.

    Anyway, dispatching this easy a player who gave some problems last week is a sign of improvement in game and confidence.

    Good to see knees are ok, looks rested, good movements (at least the set I saw)

    Finishing these journeymen in 2 quick sets is what the doctor is ordering, so keep going.

    Anderson should not be a tricky match considering he had a lot of practice on big serves these last 2 tourneys. On the ground game in a medium-slow court, Rafa is simply better, but wegonnaseewhatsgoingon (in Rafa’s words)

  4. Celeste says:

    Hi Miri…am out of town on company business, I missed the Nadal-Rosol match today. I was wondering if you can direct me to where I can watch a video of the match. Thanks!

    • Krishna says:

      If you have ESPN from your service provider, download ESPN app and you can watch all matches replay on demand (in the US – not sure where you are). I watched it yesterday night on my phone. Rafa was at his confident best most of the time in this match…. Still feel he is not to the level of Djoko… he is getting there…

  5. Thank you, Rafa. I needed that! Been longing to see him just stomp all over someone again. Couldn’t have happened to a more deserving guy.

  6. crossy says:

    Great win for you Rafa. Really enjoyed watching this match. You looked very calm from the word go. Vamos Rafa!!!

  7. Aero says:

    Great first match in Paris for Rafa. Good on serving and holding serving, low unforced error count and his forehand and backhand were working well. This is a good sign considering his struggle against Rosol a week ago. He seems to be stepping in on the baseline for his returns of 2nd serve, minor adjustments seem to be in the works!

  8. harry houdini says:

    rafa served well in this match. Rosol was terrible.