Thursday, 6 October 2011

Rafael Nadal - Survives The Serve

And on he goes :-) 7-5 6-3 against the talented Milos Raonic. Someone mentioned a slight tweak to Rafa's service motion, anyone see that?

Rafael Nadal demonstrated his game is in good order with a commanding 7-5 6-3 win over big-serving Canadian Milos Raonic to reach the third round of the Japan Open.

The Spaniard is feeling his way back into competition following his US Open final defeat and he backed up a comfortable win over Go Soeda with a sterner test.

Raonic has been tipped for big things and it is clear why, given he powered down eight aces against Nadal. But the world No. 2 is one of the game's greatest returners of serve and two breaks were enough to get the job done.

As in his clash with Soeda, Nadal served with authority - with 75% of first serves in - and he never came under threat as Raonic failed to work a single break point in the 90 minutes on court.

Nadal was joined in the third round by his fellow Spaniard and No. 3 seed David Ferrer who battled back from a set down to beat Matthew Ebden 4-6 6-2 6-2.

Dmitry Tursunov was beaten 6-4 7-6(4) by Santiago Giraldo.

Courtesy: ESPN

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