Wednesday, 18 January 2012

Rafael Nadal - Pushed Hard

But came through in straight sets, 6-4 6-3 6-4.

A very good fight from the oldest and one of the nicest players on tour in Tommy Haas.

It looks like a routine match at the start when Rafa raced into a 4-0 lead but Tommy dug deep and got it back to 4-5 and even had a chance to level but Rafa held his nerve. The 2nd set was more confortable but Tommy wasn't finished yet. He then decided to take a lead in the 3rd set though he couldn't hold on. Rafa then took control and took the match in straights.

Certainly a very good workout for Rafa. I don't like players having easy rides and I have always believed that Rafa needs to be pushed for us to get the best out of him.

He now moves on to Round 3 and a match against either Lacko or Young, who are currently on court.

Reports / Photos to follow.

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