Expected result, but at least an entertaining match during the two first sets
. A little sloppy by Raf in those first two sets (quite a few UEs, more than he should have) and Bellucci surely showed his talent. Of course, after losing the first two sets it was never in doubt that Raf would steamroll Bellucci in the third - Raf upped his game, and apparently Bellucci's tank was empty.
Great to see Toni Nadal applaud for (at least) one of Bellucci's fine shots
Only bad thing about this match: the crowd. Kept on moving (I could well see Raf being irritated about it), kept on yelling (okay, it was Kid's Day, but is it really SO HARD to explain to your kids that yelling during a match is not done?) and to topp it all, a moron from the crowd calling out a perfectly fine shot by Bellucci, ending up in him losing the point.
Congrats, Raf, with this victory - one down, six to go -
and kudos to Bellucci
. I'm sure we'll be seeing more of him on clay.