No Rafa on the OOP for tomorrow (well, today in Beijing), so extra sleep for those living halfway around the world!
“More important than winning or losing is spending time on court. That’s the key for me at the moment: spending time on court, playing matches. At least I am going to play two matches minimum here. That’s a positive thing. I’m going to try my best to play three.
“It’s not hundred percent, but let’s say 90 something percent,” Nadal said, when asked how his wrist felt during the match.
They keep making him do math…
Rafael Nadal then stepped onto the court, a massive, beautiful bouquet of flowers in his arms. As he handed her the flowers, the crowd was deafening.
“I am very lucky because half an hour ago a beautiful girl came to my room and gave me these clothes.”
Ah, this explains so much.
Photos from Rafa’s first round singles match against Gasquet.
Photos by Chris Hyde/Getty Images, AFP, EFE, AP Photo/Vincent Thian, and Emmanuel Wong/Getty Images
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.
|Statistics on Serve|
|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%)|
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.
Expections are obviously not high for Rafa this week, but after the Big 4 debacle at Flushing Meadows, it will be good to have him back. He starts against Richard Gasquet on Tuesday; this would seem to be a golden opportunity for the Frenchman to record his first win over the Spaniard since they were 13-year-old Little Aces (he’s 0-12 against Rafa as a pro). But I still wouldn’t bet on Reeshard.