If you didn't watch the match, the score line certainly doesn't explain what happened between these two lefties. Levine began the first set magnificently, dominating Nadal from every corner of the court, going up 4-1. He was aggressive and confident, making brilliant shots. He soon had a break chance opportunity in the 5th game to go up 5-1. Nadal held his serve as he began to find his rhythm as Levine's game had a spectacular breakdown. His forehand died. Nadal would go on to win the next 4 games.
In the 2nd set, Levine showed glimpses of improvement but Nadal proved too be too much for the qualifier. Nadal got the early break, fended off a few break points, got a second break, going up 5-2 and went on to serve for the match.
That's about what I witnessed this evening as well. Despite the scoreline, a very weak performance from Raf against the #123 of the world (correct me if I'm wrong, here
) - way too many unforced errors and sloppy playing, as a matter of fact (funny to hear the commentators on Betfair already blaming his girlfriend for the distraction...
Enough to get him through, but he'll surely have to up his level if he really wants to get this title. I expect him to do so - I guess he had some problems adjusting to the HC surface, which isn't his favourite to say the least.
Well done, Raf... glad to see you through.