ASIAN SWING 2013
Week of rest, then return on court in Beijing in a very good shape, where Rafa still hasn't won yet. Gulbis will be the seeded No. 2 after our hero... 1st round against La monf.. it will be tought.. "I hope to win the tournament, i think i can do it because i'm fit. Anyway i look forward only for the first round, i know my opponent is tricky".
BEIJING (CHINA OPEN 2013)
R1 Monfils FRA 6-7 7-6 6-0 (Second set tiebreak is the tourning point, after that, Rafa is unstoppable. Great match, very happy)
R2 Gil POR 6-1 5-7 6-1 (great second set from Frederico.. but Rafa is always in control of the match)
QF Gasquet FRA (5) 7-6 6-4 (Solid match against a opponent that is 0-13 in the H2H..)
SF Raonic CAN (3) 7-6 5-7 7-5 (Rafa chockes on 5-3 in the thid.. Raonic umpleable on his seve before the third set.. Great win, first final with Johnny Mac!
F Gublis LVA (2) 6-3 6-3 (best match of the tournament for Rafa. 1st title with the new coach.. great feeling with the surface..
500 points, and some good prize money for Rafael.. Roger took the Tokyo title in the same week.. he's amazing this year.. but Rafa retain the No. 2 spot from Novak! 2nd seed than in Shangai (Novak won't play btw..)
R2 Niland IRL 6-4 3-6 6-1 (surpising performance from the Irish.. but he can't play three set in this way.. Rafa wins then)
R3 Kohlschreiber DEU 6-4 6-2 (great performance, very good fohrehand from the Bull.. News: Roger withdraws from the tournament before facing Cilic.. good chance for win the title so)
QF Klizan SVK 6-3 3-6 6-7 (blockbuster match.. Rafa plays great with the outsider of the year, he has a mp in the tiebreak.. but he lost the match..
Matosevic wins the tournament
beating Delpo in the final.. Great chance missed then.. Next up will be Stockholm next week.. Rafa won there in 2011, he want to retain his title..
Race rank top 5:
1 Federer 12390
2 Nadal 8200
3 Djokovic 6020
4 Delpo 4220
5 Murray 3925
Mcenroe words "Rafa has played in a great way in Asia. If he can keep this form until the end of the season i think he will have a chance to retain the No. 1 after Melbourne, this year he didn't play there so he has no point to defend. It is difficult to be higher than No. 2 now, Federer this year has been impressive, the Grand Slam is an amazing archivement. If he's the best ever? Before this year i wasn't sure.. but now i think definitely he is, this is "good" for Rafa, winning in his era is twice harder".
Season last tournaments
2R Lindstedt SWE 6-2 6-1 (easy match.. Lindstedt is outside the top 300...)
QF Mahut FRA 3-6 6-4 5-7 (Nicolas in great shape unluckyly.. he could have win the match in two sets..
Djokovic is in the Rafa's half.. Federer is the favourite, but we'll see..
R2 Anderson KAF 6-2 7-5 (yes, good performance on this fast surface against a great serve like him! very very happy)
R3 Berdych CZE 1-6 6-3 6-7 (we're very sad... Rafa was a break up in the third.. bad end of the season it seems, losing against a player who is now No. 50 after a disgusting season..)
"I need a good result at the World Tour finals, my goal was to play there, i'm happy for this.. the surface is not the perfect for me but i will try to do my best as ever. The work with Mac? It's great to have such a former player like him, he knows what i feel right now, he know that i need a good result"