Rafa played very well in the first set, then was cruising in the second, up a break. Anderson caught him napping and had a little flurry to win three straight games and break back, then kept it competitive until the end.
anderson was a break down in the 2nd but did very well to get back in the match. in the tie break nadal was simply too clutch, playing some superhuman points, which is why he is number one in the world now. the guy is just insanely good. good learning experience for anderson though. he will take confidence from this and his results will keep improving. he has a big game and can go far.
Rafa played WAY better than yesterday but still needs to work on the BP conversion
70% first serve percentage for Anderson. Good serving. Rafa needs to improve a lot more than just break point conversions. Mostly not giving up being a break-up advantage and not freaking double faulting in a tie break. He will probably get one more match to tune up against kohli tomorrow. After that against nalbandian/murray he better come prepared.