Remarkable that Rafito still gets outwinnered in a match like this.
No. Like Fed's disastrous Rome final last year, Dimitrov was an UE machine for much of this match with the occasional high risk shot landing in for a winner. Nadal was essentially getting a practice session in and while he didn't get a chance or really even need to hit many winners, his shot depth, net play, serve and FH reliability were all better than they have been in recent mismatches. Also seemed to have better lateral movement, though that might just have been down to Dimitrov's weak groundstrokes (I'm almost tempted to call it pushing
Hard to take much from this match for the final, but it did at least build on my belief from after the Murray match that Nadal won't put in a stinker tomorrow or get steamrolled.
Match result dedicated to this glorious trolling from the WWW thread:
It's clearly on Dimitrov's racquet. If he plays his best he should be able to finish Crapdull in 2, something like 6-3, 6-4.