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RG R2: Nadal defeats Gabashvili 6-1, 6-4, 6-2

Standard match. Didnt see it, but looks like Rafa played solid.

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Re: RG R2: Nadal defeats Gabashvili 6-1, 6-4, 6-2

Solid and no more. Still doesn't look completely like vintage RG Nadal that we are used to. Gabashvili played really well in the second set, but never was a threat to break.

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Re: RG R2: Nadal defeats Gabashvili 6-1, 6-4, 6-2

forehand errors: or result of trying to change something in his game?



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Re: RG R2: Nadal defeats Gabashvili 6-1, 6-4, 6-2

Didn't see it either, how was his knee?
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Re: RG R2: Nadal defeats Gabashvili 6-1, 6-4, 6-2

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Didn't see it either, how was his knee?
He didn't seem to have any problems with it. I still think his court movement is not at 100%. He still has points where he gets the unreachable, but also let a lot more go today, which is smart.

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Re: RG R2: Nadal defeats Gabashvili 6-1, 6-4, 6-2

He did what he needed to do. Played much better than against Daniel.

Poor Gabashvili played a great match and only got 7 games... same old story.

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Re: RG R2: Nadal defeats Gabashvili 6-1, 6-4, 6-2

Solid match by Rafa. Did his job. Gabashvili had nothing to hurt him with.
Not yet in 'vintage mode' but there was no need for that. Looks like Rafa has (finally) become a little bit wiser as he now seems to be able to save some energy at times, in stead of using it all up for every little point that comes along.

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Re: RG R2: Nadal defeats Gabashvili 6-1, 6-4, 6-2

I saw the last 6 games, he played ok, nothing special. But so far it's positive he's winning in straight sets, so he's getting the job done. He will raise the level of his game as the tournament advances.
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He didn't seem to have any problems with it. I still think his court movement is not at 100%. He still has points where he gets the unreachable, but also let a lot more go today, which is smart.
Thanks, good to hear. I heard someone saying he didn't look completely fit but that was and a bit too much obviously.
Nice to see him through quickly and just before the rain.
Another day's rest and all should be fine I guess.
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Re: RG R2: Nadal defeats Gabashvili 6-1, 6-4, 6-2

Not 100% convincing but solid throughout the match. He looked as if he was annoyed
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Re: RG R2: Nadal defeats Gabashvili 6-1, 6-4, 6-2

Did enough to win, won it in straights, was rarely threatened throughout and despite his serving not being too impressive, Gabashvili only had a few chances to break.

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Re: RG R2: Nadal defeats Gabashvili 6-1, 6-4, 6-2

Gaba saved SIX BPs at 3-3 in the second. Pretty impressive. As expected, he lost his next serving game to love.

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Re: RG R2: Nadal defeats Gabashvili 6-1, 6-4, 6-2

Errors were , just did what he had to do.

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Re: RG R2: Nadal defeats Gabashvili 6-1, 6-4, 6-2

Highlight was Nadal at the end rushing in between points.

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I definitely would have preferred Gaba winning as he needs the points much more, but Jan would have beaten him anyway. I expect Hajek to destroy Machado, like 6-1 6-2.
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