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Nadal def. Eschauer 62 64 61

I suppose he was as good as he needed to be.

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Well done, one match at a time.

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Really shockingly boring Especially poor of Eschauer IMO because he would be the one who must do something to test Nadal. I have seen Eschauer already much better, but not on grass. I watched Davydenko vs Guccione instead, was at least a bit better.

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I was shocked that Nadal was broken and lost 7 games to be honest. Eschauer played some nice points, but they could've played a 100 sets and he wouldn't have a chance to win one.
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I suppose he was as good as he needed to be.
That's what Connors figured on the BBC as well (that's one reason for me to look forward to Wimbledon each year: to be able to listen to the commentary of John McEnroe and Jimmy Connors.)

I was only able to watch the end of the second set and the third set which wasn't exciting to be honest. Eschauer made a lot of mistakes. The commentator figured that it has to do with trying too hard: he knew that his shots had to be very good against Nadal so he often overhit his shots. The weather can't have made the match more enjoyable for the players but at least, it didn't rain.

Jimmy said that one the one hand, Rafa will be happy to have won it in straight sets but at the same time, he was hardly challenged so it's probably hard for Nadal himself to judge what level he's playing at. Sometimes, it's good to have a tough match in the early rounds just to test out your level.

By the way, I read that Eschauer was playing on old grass court shoes he borrowed from Florian Mayer. He doesn't have a clothing sponsor so he has to buy his own gear and he couldn't find grass shoes so Mayer lend him tennis shoes he used before.
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That's what Connors figured on the BBC as well (that's one reason for me to look forward to Wimbledon each year: to be able to listen to the commentary of John McEnroe and Jimmy Connors.)

I was only able to watch the end of the second set and the third set which wasn't exciting to be honest. Eschauer made a lot of mistakes. The commentator figured that it has to do with trying too hard: he knew that his shots had to be very good against Nadal so he often overhit his shots. The weather can't have made the match more enjoyable for the players but at least, it didn't rain.

Jimmy said that one the one hand, Rafa will be happy to have won it in straight sets but at the same time, he was hardly challenged so it's probably hard for Nadal himself to judge what level he's playing at. Sometimes, it's good to have a tough match in the early rounds just to test out your level.

By the way, I read that Eschauer was playing on old grass court shoes he borrowed from Florian Mayer. He doesn't have a clothing sponsor so he has to buy his own gear and he couldn't find grass shoes so Mayer lend him tennis shoes he used before.
It didn't really have anything to do with Eschauer trying too hard. It was simply that he had NOTHING that could hurt Nadal. Not his serve although he hit some aces, not his Fh, not his BH, nothing. It was basically a practice match for Nadal, but his next opponent will be completely different.
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Really shockingly boring Especially poor of Eschauer IMO because he would be the one who must do something to test Nadal. I have seen Eschauer already much better, but not on grass. I watched Davydenko vs Guccione instead, was at least a bit better.
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Rafa started the match half-asleep and pretty much broke himself in the second game (he made three UEs in that game, Eschauer hit one winner). After that he was always in control, smartly pacing himself and not playing anything special - he really didn't have to.

Eschauer is a bit of a character - apparently he never sits at changeovers. Also, he doesn't own grass-court shoes or a white shirt and played in borrowed ones. That does not send the right message to the opponents, does it?

Rafa will need to really step it up now - so far it's been smooth sailing for him, but it's about to change.

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after going up 2-0 in the first set, i thought he *might* win...umm nope.

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Wow what a match! Eschauer was amazing today(dare I even say, Oscar Hernandez-esque?) with the pinpoint accuracy on his serve....that devastating forehand....and that mauling backhand. I honestly don't know how Rafa even took a game off of him. Congrats Rafa, you have done the impossible in taking out this future multiple Grand Slam winner in Eschauer.
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It didn't really have anything to do with Eschauer trying too hard. It was simply that he had NOTHING that could hurt Nadal. Not his serve although he hit some aces, not his Fh, not his BH, nothing.
Sure, he had nothing with which he could hurt Rafa, I agree. It was more like a practice session.

However, I saw him miss quite a few shots after preparing them carefully and that's because he was nervous about getting the timing right and trying to hit the corner. Part of it was indeed due to overhitting.
Eschauer himself said that he doesn't really like playing on grass so that's another factor.

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