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No Rafa on the OOP for tomorrow (well, today in Beijing), so extra sleep for those living halfway around the world!

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Rafa played #22 Richard Gasquet for his first tour level singles match since Wimbledon today. He broke early in the first set and, while both guys managed to get in-roads into the other’s service games, that break was enough to take the set 6-4. The second set was all Rafa as he served up a nice bagel for us all to enjoy.

I missed the first five games of the match, but thought Rafa looked sharp and was hitting/moving well in the parts I saw. An excellent return to match play.

Nadal Gasquet
Statistics on Serve
Aces 4 1
Double Faults 1 1
1st Serve % 69% 57%
1st Serve Points Won 28/38 (74%) 19/31 (61%)
2nd Serve Points Won 10/17 (59%) 8/23 (35%)
Break Points Saved 3/3 (100%) 3/7 (43%)
Service Games Played 8 8
Statistics on Return
1st Return Points Won 12/31 (39%) 10/38 (26%)
Second Return Points Won 15/23 (65%) 7/17 (41%)
Break Points Won 4/7 (57%) 0/3 (%)
Return Games Played 8 8
Statistics on Points
Total Service Points Won 38/55 (69%) 27/54 (50%)
Total Return Points Won 27/54 (50%) 17/55 (31%)
Total Points Won 65/109 (60%) 44/109 (40%)


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Rafa will start the singles side of his tournament in just a few hours! He’s scheduled to play Richard Gasquet in the third match on the main court. They will follow the Djokovic/Garcia-Lopez match that is scheduled to start at 2:30pm, local time. Need help converting that to your time zone? Bookmark this page.

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