Recap of Day 12 at the Australian Open

By | 1 minute read | January 27, 2017

2017 Australian Open – Day 12 Recap

 

Men’s Semifinal Result

9th seed Rafael Nadal defeated 15th seed Grigor Dimitrov 6-3, 5-7, 7-6(5), 6-7(4), 6-4 in 4 hours 58 minutes on Rod Laver Arena.  In a match that was decided by a total of 7 points (186 to 179 Nadal) over almost 5 hours of play, it ultimately came down to who played the best on the biggest points.  In the final set Nadal faced 3 break points and saved them all.  Dimitrov faced 5 break points and was able to save 4 – that 1 break costing him the match.

 

After a 4th set in which neither player faced a break point, the 5th set came down to who could produce the best tennis after almost 4 hours on court.  The answer was Nadal.

 

Nadal’s 5th set Magic

Nadal’s stats in the final set

1st serves in play                                 81%

1st serve points won                            72%

Break points saved                              100% (3 of 3)

2nd serve return points won                69% (9 of 13)

Short Rallies won (0 to 4 shots)          60% (21 of 35)

 

For the match, Nadal continued his impressive serving hitting 73% of his 1st serves in play, winning 69% of those points and 55% of his 2nd serve points.  He held 24 of his 28 service games saving 12 of the 16 break points he faced.  He had 45 total winners and 43 unforced errors. He was also especially effective attacking the net winning 25 of his 29 approaches including his only serve and volley attempt.

 

Dimitrov was solid on first serve with 20 aces, 69% first serves in play and 70% first serve points won. He won just 49% when he had to hit a 2nd serve – just 31% in the final set.  He held 22 of his 27 service games saving 8 of the 13 break points he faced.  He won 36 of his 48 net approaches (75%).  It’s interesting to note that in the 16 break points he had against Nadal’s serve, Dimitrov never approached the net and all four of his breaks came on Nadal unforced errors.  Dimitrov’s lack of aggression on those big points probably cost him a spot in the final.  Dimitrov hit 79 total winners and made 70 unforced errors.

 

For the match, Dimitrov had an edge in the 0 to 4 shot rallies (100 to 99) and the 5 to 8 shot points (54 to 48), but Nadal won the majority of the 9 shot or longer rallie