Match Summary: Paul-Henri Mathieu v. Andy Roddick
Result: Mathieu wins, 5-7, 3-6
1st serve: 27/50 (54%)
Pts. on 1st serve: 22/27 (81%)
Pts. on 2nd serve: 11/23 (48%)
Receiving points won: 14/59 (24%)
Double faults: 1
Break points: 1/3 (33%)
Total points: 47
1st serve: 33/59 (56%)
Pts. on 1st: 27/33 (82%)
Pts. on 2nd: 18/26 (69%)
Receiving points won: 17/50 (34%)
Double faults: 2
Break points: 3/4 (75%)
Total points: 62
Statistics from Rogerscupmen.com
In the first couple games of the first set, Mathieu had several unforced errors, and was broken early on a double fault. It looked like a typical Roddick victory, with an early break for Roddick and then steamrolling the rest of the way. But inn the next game Mathieu broke back with a series of brilliant shots. He shot a good dropper and a wicked cross-court angle, and topped it off by hitting a winner off a 140 mph Roddick serve. Roddick seemed shaken in the next game, allowing Mathieu to hold at love. Then Mathieu broke Roddick again. Both players held for the rest of the set, and Mathieu won 5 games to 7.
In the next set Mathieu broke early, with Roddick seemingly stunned by the result of the previous set. Roddick was having difficulty finding his range and at one point yelled at himself to get the balls in the court. In the next game Mathieu easily held, firing off several aces in the same game.
Mathieu was forced to fend off several break points from Roddick in a later game, but he got to deuce and then managed to hold. The rest of the match Mathieu continued to dominate, with Roddick having trouble on his first serve, and looking more and more frustrated. Mathieu easily held for the remainder of the match and won.
All the statistics slanted in Mathieu’s favor: Mathieu had a better error/winner margin, more winners, and more aces, which is a surprise when you’re ranked in the 60s and playing Roddick. Mathieu ended with 14 aces.
Highlight Point: After several strokes from the baseline, Mathieu hit a drop shot which Roddick made a dive for and volleyed cross court. Mathieu ran up and got that, and then Roddick hit a beautiful lob. Mathieu sprinted back to the baseline and sliced it over the net as he was turning around, to win the point.
Match Summary: Rafael Nadal v. Carlos Moya
Result: 6-3, 6-7 (0), 6-3, Nadal wins.
1st serve: 57/88 (65%)
1st serve points: 46/57 (81%)
2nd serve points: 19/31 (61%)
Receiving points: 41/108 (38%)
Break points: 2/15 (13%)
Total points: 106
1st serve: 59/108 (55%)
1st serve points: 41/59 (69%)
2nd serve points: 26/49 (53%)
Receiving points: 23/88 (26%)
Break points: 0/1 (0%)
Total points: 90
Statistics from Rogerscupmen.com
Neither player was playing their best tennis today. This was Nadal’s first match on a hard court since the spring. It was a long match, though, at 2 hours and 38 minutes, and hard fought. Nadal had 15 break chances and only converted two. Moya failed to break Nadal. What was interesting about the match was the degree to which Nadal could use some of the same tactics he used on clay, lots of drop shots and defensive lobs. When Nadal defends it almost seems like an attack. Nadal is very comfortable on the defense. At one point the cameras even caught Nadal tieing his shoes, and then knocking on them to get out the ‘clay.’
In other first round matches, Hewitt was forced to retire in a match against Serra because of an ‘intestinal virus.’ Hewitt said he hadn’t eaten anything in several days but still wanted to play. However, Hewitt says, “I just didn’t have any juice left.” Hewitt is a stubborn guy.
For statistics on other first round matches, visit the Rogers Cup website.