Top seed Rafael Nadal scored a comfortable 6-3, 6-2 win over Pablo Cuevas at the Hamburg Open on Friday to ease into the semi-finals where he will face the winner between Andreas Seppi and Simone Bolelli.
After the match, Rafa said: “I played I think 90 per cent of the match doing the right things, doing the right shots every time and waiting for my moment. I think I created some problems for him when he was trying to hit a winner. I think I changed well the direction.”
With today’s win, Rafa improved to 24-6 match record on clay this season. VAMOS RAFA!
Rafa played better today than he did against Vesely and Verdasco earlier this week, but that’s not saying much. For the 3rd match in a row he had more unforced errors(10) than winners(8). There were at least a half dozen routine forehands that he missed which should have been hit for winners or near-winners. That just ain’t gonna cut it against the top players, or even against 2nd tier players such as Fabio Fognini when they’re playing well. The King of Clay better get his act together soon, before it’s too late. VAMOS!!!
WELL DONE RAFA ON YOUR WIN AGAIN, KEEP UP THE GOOD WORK AND WIN THIS TITLE FOR YOUR SELF AND FANS. BEST WISHES. FAN FROM IRELAND
You were brilliant Rafa keep going believe in yourself you can do it xx
Congratulations Rafa, So glad you are in the semifinal tomorrow. Once again, hope you have a great feeling on court; please keep your positive attitude. I hope you’re feeling strong and that you remain healthy. Get good rest as well. Just be relaxed as you need to be, play in the moment and believe in yourself. And you must keep your shots deep. I hope you have good luck going during the match because I think you deserve it– so Buena Suerte — and God bless you. Love Marylynn
Good match today. Take rest and all the best for the match tomorrow. Vamos Rafa <3 <3 <3
At last things are improving, it’s so great to see you winning! You are still the best, Rafa! VAAAMOOOSSS…VAAAMOOOSSS…VAAAMOOSSS…!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
bravo rafa , bonne chance pour la demi final et continu de faire vibrer ….
VAMOS DEAR RAFA!!!!!! : ) Congratulations on your quarter Finals win today!!!!! : ) You had really great points during important moments in the match & your positive movement & serve was fantastic!!!!!!!! : ) It was superb how you managed to keep your inspiration up throughout this match!!!!! KUDOS!!!! Loved the point when it seemed impossible yet you found a creative way to win the point!!!! VAMOS……. so exciting watching you in action….. we were so loud at home clapping hands for you & screaming VAMOS 300 hundred times……..:magical…..you slipped backwards…, got up, made a great return, then turned around quickly and made another solid return & kept your excellent movement…. kept going till ultimately winning the point w your special perseverance….: ) : ) VAMOS !!!!!! : )
You have such strength of focus …… UNBELIEVABLE!!!!! : ) It was heroic of you to keep your focus on your own game & move forward till you put forth your beautiful determination & steadfast win!!!!! : ) Enjoy everything!!!!!!!!!! : ) VAMOS!!!!!! : ) : ) : )
Yes it was a win, but,, Cuevas had too many opportunities to pull out the first set,, Rafa is letting a one set advantage go in just about every match,, against a top 10 player it won’t work. but I’m confidant that Rafa will continue to improve, he has to in order to get his ranking back.
Brilliant win ,confidence is comming
Good news. Way to go, Rafa.
It was just announced that Seppi moves on in a walkover. Vamos Rafa!
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YES RAFA YOU CAN DO IT. THE WORLD IS YOUR OYSTER. VAMOS, YOUR THE BEST!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Well done Rafael. Another victory . Will be in Hamburg to cheer you on tomorrow. Vamos Rafaaaaaaaa
Wish I was going to Hamburg, but the next best thing is Rafa still winning, what a confidence booster, good luck for tomorrow and onwards
Connie I will cheer for you .