Mutua Madrid Open, Spain
A casual observer may look at the score and be impressed that Nadal was able to defeat Bolelli so easily. Bolelli, when he is in form, can be challenging. Yet, the astute fan knows that the score does not accurately tell the story. Nadal did not play outstanding tennis. There were a few rallies that ended with brilliant shots; however, Nadal’s tentative approach continues to manifest itself in the lack of depth on many of his shots and the increase in unforced errors. Thus, despite winning 6-2, 6-2, Nadal has to be concerned about his form with Roland Garros rapidly approaching.
It was almost the identical score as the one from 2014 when Williams defeated Suarez Navarro in the same round. Although she won 6-1, 6-3, it was not an easy match for Williams. Williams continued to express more frustration than is normal for her. Despite the fact that she was winning the match, she was slamming the racquet and appeared dejected. Is there something else on Serena’s mind during these matches? She appeared to be fighting some internal battle as well as her opponent. Is it still her desire for perfection or something new? Hopefully she can resolve the issue(s) before her next round because she was not as sharp as she was at the beginning of the tournament.