mardi 1 octobre 2013
Rusty Rafael Nadal joins Novak Djokovic in Round Three at the China Open
US Open champion Rafael Nadal didn't look at his best today, but still managed to overcome Colombian Santiago Giraldo to move into the third round here in Beijing.
World No.1 candidate Rafael Nadal looked a bit off color at times, but managed to do just about enough to register his place in the round of 16 here at the China Open. Nadal’s opponent Santiago Giraldo worked hard, but just couldn’t do enough to trouble Rafa today.
The Spaniard got 5 aces, but got away with serving at just 56 percent today. In fact, he converted only 64 percent of his first serve points too – a display he will be disappointed with. Rafa won the match 6-2,6-4 in an hour and a half.
Known to be a slow starter, Rafa lived up to his reputation and couldn’t quite find his rhythm early on. In fact, the Spaniard found it quite hard to deal with the pace of the court and barely managed to hold on to serve in his first two service games. However once he found his feet, Giraldo was nowhere to be seen as Rafa went on a rampage. The Spaniard went on to take 5 games in a row, after being down 1-2 early on, he took the set 6-2.
In spite of earning an early break of serve in the second set, the US Open champion couldn’t quite shut the door on the Colombian, who worked hard and got the break of serve back. Giraldo mustered two games in a row and soon found himself with a 2-1 lead much like the opening set. Nonetheless, it was here where Rafa kicked into top gear again and went on to break serve twice, winning four straight games in the process to take a 5-2 lead.
Given the opportunity to serve the match out, Rafa uncharacteristically flattered to deceive to hand the Colombian a bit of a lifeline. The break of serve, coupled with a service hold reduced Nadal’s lead to just the one game. Undeterred by the situation at hand though, the thirteen-time Grand Slam champion made the most of his insurance break of serve to close the match out in straight sets.