Thursday, 6 October 2011

Nadal Finished Raonic, Giraldo Next!

Just 2 days after his win against the Japanes Soeda, Rafa managed to reach Tokyo's Quarter-finals as he swept the young Canadian, Milos Raonic, in straights.

Although, it eventually went to Rafa in straights, the 1st set was a bit tight with each player holding his service games. But it ended at last when Rafa managed to claim the break at his lonely break-point of the set leading 7-5, also having the advantage of serving 1st in the 2nd set.

The 2nd set was relatively fair, somehow, Rafa got the break he needed and held his service games.  Not only to spot his point in Tokyo's quarter-finals, but also being a step closer from defending his title. The whole match lasted about 1 hour and 30 minutes, pretty much like Rafa's 1st match in Japan, 2 days ago.

Rafa's quarter-final match will be against world no. 53, the Colombian, Santiago Giraldo. Santiago has already had quite a good run in the tournament. So far, he has reached the quarter-finals beating the Russian Dmitry Tursunov in straights. Until now, the Colombian hasn't dropped a set in the tournament. Nevertheless, I am sure he knows pretty well, that playing Rafa is definitely something else! So, let's just wait and see what's going to happen.

The match will be played just after the Fish-Tomic match, which will be played 1st on Centre Court at 12 noon (local time, it's GMT +9  in case you're lost).

Vamos Rafa!

Wednesday, 5 October 2011

Rafa Ready To Defend Tokyo

After a year from capturing his title at Tokyo, Rafael Nadal is back in Japan seeking his 4th title of the year. Although Rafa arrived last year in Tokyo with higher spirits, as he was leading the ATP's ranking with 6 titles, 3 of which were Grand Slams and another 3 ATP masters, I believe Rafa's keen on winning even more than he did last year.

The defending champion began his quest to defend his title yesterday, 4th of October, against world no. 118, the Japanese Go Soeda. It took Rafa about an hour and half to finish him in straights, 6-3 6-2.

Rafa's 2nd match at Tokyo will be more challenging as he faces the Candian Milos Raonic. There only meeting has been at the same tournament last year and Rafa managed to take it in straights. However, I believe it'll be quite challenging for both players, as Milos has got a great serve that might annoy Rafa. The match is scheduled 2nd on Centre Court just after  Ebden and Ferrer's match (at 12:00 noon local time).

Vamos Rafa!