Friday, January 30, 2009

Australian Open: Day 12 - Yet Another Historical Win for Nadal

I couldn't have imagined a better way to spend this Friday morning. Am speechless... Rafael Nadal put yet another match in the history books by defeating his friend and compatriot, Fernando Verdasco, 6-7, 6-4, 7-6, 6-7, 6-4, in 5 hours and 14 minutes, to record the longest match in the history of the Australian Open, and reach the finals in Melbourne for the first time.

You'd think that the score and length of the match would say it all, but nothing can describe the experience of watching this match. Verdasco showed some nerves of steel at many moments during the match, which explains the fact that Rafa only managed to convert 4 out of 20 break point opportunities. So credit to Verdasco for hanging in there through all these chances.

Another important match fact is the 95 winners Verdasco hit during the match. What kinda statistic is that exactly?!?! Sure he committed 76 errors but still... 95 winners?!?!

Which brings us to Rafa... That kid is a born champion. He's got it in his blood. Cuz when Verdasco was hitting those winners, Rafa was taking it all in, waiting for the right moment to pull off the win at the very end. He ended up winning only one point more than Verdasco.

There's so much more I gotta say, so stay tuned !!!! Let me know what you thought of this match...

UPDATE: Thanks to GSM reader Brandan Lowden who reminded me that the first round match between Feliciano Lopez and Gilles Muller lasted 5 hours and 34 minutes, which was actually reported as the longest match in the history of the Australian Open. I don't know why it's all over the media now that the Nadal-Verdasco match is the longest, and the link to the match stats from the Lopez-Muller match is the only missing link in the results page of the opening round. Now some sources on the internet say the Lopez-Muller match was 4 hours and 24 minutes (it ended 16-14 in the 5th) and some still have it as 5 hours and 34 minutes. I think it's weird that the link is missing on the Australian Open website, but anyways... Am just giving you guys all the facts.

1 comment:

Charlie said...

Hi Reem,
You are right, Fernando was the aggressor today, but Rafa still won. He waited till Fernando cracked.
I will remember this match for a very very long time.
Keep up the good work :)