Very good stuff from Nadal especially the serve. Didnt let the rain effect him much but he got a bit tight closing out the match.. I can see him winning this.
Almost as good as Stepanek from the chin up?:rocker2:
Best I've seen from Rafa this year in the 1st set.
The 2nd set was scrappier with all the delays, but good enough.
I cannot emphasise enough just how great he looks from the waist down in that Miami outfit :drool: :inlove: :hearts:
Very solid display from Raf in the first set - don't think I've seen him play this well in a very long period of time. 100% second serve points won... :worship:
Second set was a little less brilliant - of course with the two rain interruptions, the hawkeye system-big screen not working (which very much annoyed Kiefer :lol, it was more difficult to keep the momentum.
Very good job from Rafa, I see him reach the final here if he keeps up playing at this level. :yeah:
A good start would be not letting his 1st serve % drop to something like (I believe it was) 33% as he did until the point at which he was broken in the 2nd set. And he has to bring this forehand down the line earlier and more often. His backhand wasn't much of a problem today, overall it held up sufficiently against Nadal's forehand spins. Forehand was a bigger error weakness.There really was nothing Kiefer could do.
Yes, and I might now conclude that his 8 aces in his first match were indeed the result of his serve having been improved. That's very nice to see!see what happens when he takes care of his serve. it allows him to relax and return better. there is less pressure. being a little more assault minded goes a long way on hard courts.