Daily Archives: June 5, 2017
Due to heavy rain in Paris, Rafa’s match against Carreno Busta is rescheduled for tomorrow, June 7th, 11AM on court Phillipe Chatrier
Rafa will face Pablo Carreno Busta in the quarterfinal at Roland Garros, tomorrow, June 5th, second match on Phillipe Chatrier, 4PM local time!
Rafael Nadal belatedly celebrated his 31st birthday with another crushing triumph, this time over Roberto Bautista Agut, en route to the quarter-finals of Roland-Garros.
Rafael Nadal must feel as if he can do no wrong at the moment as he rides a crashing wave of torrential success about as spectacular as anything in his absolute pomp. Everything he’s doing seems to be turning to gold.
On Saturday night, the great man celebrated his 31st birthday along with his family, watching on TV as his beloved Real Madrid won their 12th European Cup, and the following day, he woke up refreshed to make another pulverising step towards his 10th Roland-Garros title, reaching the quarter-finals with a familiar crushing, straight-sets victory. Just another weekend in Nadal paradise…
This time, his luckless victim was fellow Spaniard Roberto Bautista Agut, a top-20 player who always gives 110 per cent of himself. The trouble was, not even 200 per cent of himself would have been enough to cope with Nadal in his current mood as the world No.4 crunched his way into the last eight with a 6-1, 6-2, 6-2 victory.
The triumph, carved out in a trouble-free one hour and 50 minutes, meant that Nadal, yet to even be remotely threatened in a single set here, has now dropped just 20 games in four matches en route to the quarters.
That’s not quite as astonishing as the 19 he gave up on reaching this same stage here in 2012 but it surely tells of a man playing perhaps nearly as well as ever into his fourth decade.
And here’s the strange thing on Sunday – and perhaps the most worrying thing for the rest of the field; he can, and already has, played better than this at this year’s tournament.
The perfectionist in him appeared to have been chuntering on court that he needed to improve in certain areas but afterwards Nadal reckoned he would have to be “very arrogant” if he wasn’t satisfied with such an assured victory.
He served poorly in the first set and will doubtless feel he must improve on the total of 23 unforced errors he made. Yet it is still a measure of how matchless Nadal is on the red stuff here that even with Bautista Agut never once appearing to give up hope of salvaging something as he scurried around the court chasing hopeless causes, the No.17 seed was utterly overpowered and outclassed.