Vina Del Mar SF: Nadal defeats Chardy 6-2 6-2
That was a very poor match because of Chardy attitude: ballbashing, without any strategy on court, with lots of unforced errors,... He was like he didn't care about the score, only reacted a little bit on the fifth game of the second set, he was 0-40 to break Nadal to be 3-3 (fighting for the second set) and he missed some important balls and with the 4-2 he returned to his awful version. Very disappointing for people who paid for this match and for me, as I was awake at 2:30 am CET and didn't worth the time I have being here watching this match without sleeping.
Nadal was great with his forehand, not bad with his backhand and with his movility on court. The court at night seems more wet so the clay was a little bit better than in afternoon (in the afternoon the Viña del Mar clay seems too dry). He had some troubles with his serve, specially his first serve game of the match (3 double faults but he didn't get broken). We can't extract any serious conclusion here because there was no match.
__________________Rafael Nadal: The King of Clay. The Warrior. The Mental Giant.
Kenny de Schepper fact of the month (January 2015): never lost a match against the Big 4 (Federer, Nadal, Djokovic and Murray), something that can't be told by none of the TOP 30 players of the year-end 2014 ATP rankings.
"Matches are won and lost so many times in the locker room. Guys get in their mind how strong he is the warm-ups and that they will have to endure four hours of that to beat him: they are beaten even before they step on court. But that's why I like him. He basically says you are going to have to kill me to beat me." Lleyton Hewitt about Rafael Nadal
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