Rafael Nadal has secured a fourth round position where he will face either Ivan Ljubicic or Fernando Verdasco after beating Antion Veic 6-1, 6-3, 6-0 today. It was an easier match for the world number one but he was still showing signs that he is yet to hit his peak.
After taking the first set 6-1 in 27 minutes Nadal lost his concentration a little bit and was broken early in the second set to go down 1-2. The defending champion quickly rallied and overpowered Veic who looked to be becoming more and more frustrated with his errors and inability to control the Spaniard. Read more
It’s been a tough couple of days for defending champion Rafael Nadal. The King of Clay has felt far from his best on the clay in his last two matches with two hugely different opponents in John Isner and Pablo Andujar. Andujar, a fellow good looking Spaniard, put the world number one to work for three hours just two days after Isner pushed Rafa in four hours to five sets.
Nadal eventually came out on top, winning 7-5, 6-3, 7-6. It was a very difficult match for the man desperately clinging to his number one ranking, being force to fight back from 1-5 in the third set to try and prevent dropping another set on his most beloved of courts. Read more