Gael lost to Rafa 6-1, 6-7 (5), 6-2
Real shame – I hoped Gael had a chance, given his amazing form this week. But he started slow and Rafa started well, and the 1st set was gone. Gael served much better in the 2nd and was 3-0 up, but then Rafa came back at him. It was very entertaining, with both playing well, and Gael won a tight tie break. The 3rd set seemed a bit flat at times. Gael made errors to give the break - too many UE's overall today. He had BP's to break back but Rafa played well and then Gael got very unlucky on a ball of Rafa's that was miles out but wasn't called. Gael took a half hearted swing at it – expecting a late call or an overrule I think – his shot went over the net and Rafa put it away. The umpire judged Gael had played on and wouldn't let him challenge the call. It would have given Gael another break point (the replay showed the ball was clearly out) but unfortunately, that's the rule and Rafa went on to hold serve.
Gael's form today wasn't as good as his QF or semi, but he gave Nadal some problems and should be back inside the top 30 next week, which is a great start to the year. Hopefully, 2014 will just get better and better for him.