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Nadal made a couple of too many easy errors to his standards, esp. with his BH – and at the net.
 

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They were both bad.

But Nadal is able to execute routine volleys, smashes and passing shots. Diego, not so much.
 

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Mostly Nadal being bad. Schwartzman did play some better, in that he didn't miss every single backhand he hit. At least, prior to forgetting how to hold a racquet in the tiebreak.
 

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Good question. Nadal seemed to lose focus or intensity for brief stints and Diego hit some stunning shots. Or did Nadal get worried about having to face Djokovic next?

Or did he subconsciously tank a few points and games to annoy and make Djokovic have to wait?

Curious mental lapse by Rafa.
 

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Schwartzman is the kind of player if you give him a centimeter he will take ten kilometers.
 
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