Rafael Nadal Set To Open Grass Season Today In Stuttgart Against Marcos Baghdatis
by Tom Gainey | June 11th, 2015, 9:30 am
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In the next hour or so, Rafael Nadal will open his 2015 grass court season. The former No. 1 now ranked No. 10, Nadal will face Marcos Baghdatis in the second round of the Stuttart Open.

Last year, Nadal lost in the opening round in Halle (l. to Brown) and 4R at Wimbledon (l. to Kyrgios). He has played in Halle three times (1-3 record) and at the Queen’s Club five times, winning the title in ’08. He has a 53-15 career record on grass (.779) with three titles, most recently at 2010 Wimbledon.

Nadal has compiled a 13-2 record in Stuttgart when the event was held on clay, winning the title in 2005 (d. Gaudio) and ’07 (d. Wawrinka), which was also his last appearance.

Since falling to Novak Djokovic in the 2011 Wimbledon final, Nadal is just 6-5 on grass. His last Top 50 win on grass came over Andy Murray in the 2011 Wimbledon semifinals.

Nadal has already played in doubles teaming with Feliciano Lopez to beat Rameez Junaid and Adil Shamasdin yesterday.

Marin Cilic is scheduled to follow Nadal.

In a match just concluded, Bernard Tomic ended the comeback bid of German Tommy Haas 76, 62. The 37-year-old Haas was playing in his first event in over a year.

“The positive thing was that I felt ready to go out there and finally see where I am at,” said Haas after his first round win over Mikhail Kukushkin. “Obviously, it is still not at a point where I want it to be, but maybe it will never get back to that point anyway. You have to start somewhere and see what’s going on, especially during a match.

There were times when it felt sore still, where it didn’t give me the strength or the speed I would like. But you’ve got to test it out and see how it feels and how I recover today, tomorrow. It didn’t get worse during the match, which is a good thing.”


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47 Comments for Rafael Nadal Set To Open Grass Season Today In Stuttgart Against Marcos Baghdatis

senthilvel Says:

Break down Rafa!! Hope to see Rafa with quick losses in all grass tournments.


sienna Says:

to safe his knees?


Daniel Says:

Baggy was a break up at 4-2 and had 3 more BP’s to be double break and 5-2, but now has an horrible game with 2 DF’s and gift the break back.

Nadal missing a lot of FH flat and sharing some balls, getting use to grass.


Daniel Says:

Baggy had BP chances again, he is 1-9 in BP’s


Daniel Says:

Nadal escapes first set and wins tiebreak, missing a lot tough. Only part of his game that is clicking is serve, made a bunch of aces and won a lot of free points on serve.


Daniel Says:

Also Baggy firsts erve percentage drop from 77% after 4-2 to 50% by the end of the match.


gonzalowski Says:

Nadal started nervous, but he’s playing more confident now. Anyway, not prevailing clearly.
61 min. 1º set :)
He keeps serving very well


RZ Says:

@M – but you still have to feel good that Haas is back on tour. A win followed by a close loss to Tomic on grass isn’t a bad result for someone who was out over a year.


Hippy Chick Says:

I didnt even think Baggy was still playing tennis,given how very little we hear about him these days….


RZ Says:

Baggy’s decline over the past few years makes me sad. He’s always been such a fun player to watch (even when he’s smashing racquets) but couldn’t keep his momentum after he had a terrific 2006.


gonzalowski Says:

Some Nadal’s unforced by metres… hope he’ll adjust it with time.
Baghdatis’ playing looks more suited sometimes to grass than Nadal’s one, finest. And Rafa looks a bit more impaired at movements than Marcos.


Hippy Chick Says:

RZ Yeah one of the nicest and most charismatic guys on tour,i dont know if its just me but he appears to look leaner and fitter these days too?….


Daniel Says:

Nadal saved 2 set points, one with an exquisite drop volley BH.


Hippy Chick Says:

I dont know how much of a factor he will be at W,but it is great to see him fighting,and giving his all win or lose….


gonzalowski Says:

Rafa is making some points with serve-volley, good for him!
At 3-1 leading Nadal the Tie break, he lost aggressiveness ImO and lost next point.
A lot of sweating by him.
2sets, 2h 8′


senthilvel Says:

Love watching Nadal lose :).. I dont know why


Markus Says:

senthivel, I think everybody has one (or more) players they he/she likes to see lose for some reason. I, too, have some players that I never want to see win anything.


sienna Says:

starts with F and ends with ederer.


Hippy Chick Says:

Markus I have players i dislike,however i root for the player they are playing to win rather than the opponent to lose,as it seems like i am rooting for failure rather than success if that makes sense?when i watch penalty shoot outs in football im waiting for my favorite teams rivals to miss rather than score,it rewards negative football….


sienna Says:

Wow this pure hatred against Feddy boy.

to wish the opponent of fed to win everytime he plays.
if Ik had that I couldnt be watching a single match without my fave.
in and in sick, twisted, perverted. I can relate to the psycho problems some have displayed over and over again on this site.


Felipe Says:

Good win for Nadal (he needs matches under his belt)….so-so level.
Tomic will be tough tomorrow


sienna Says:

he doesnt need 3 hour matches to reach quarters of 250 event.
he upped his speed in gameplay this year
His claymatches were quick because he was more aggressive. 3hours for grass court is pretty long.
what the heck happened there? did hè paused between every 3 points?


sienna Says:

Cilic won a non slammatch…


Okiegal Says:

@Chick…..I watched the match today. He missed some easy shots today. He still isn’t there yet. Far from it imo. He did serve better today however. So that’s a plus. We will see tomorrow!


Markus Says:

Sienna, you’re post always puts a bemused smile on my face. I marvel at how you can twist what people write just to give you an opportunity to hate. The posts were general statements about how each of us has a player or two who we don’t like and consequently, feel happy when somebody else beats him. It may be hard for you to understand that because you just hate everything equally.


sienna Says:

Markus thanks.
I’m not at all impressed by the comments your trying to make.
On other thread you completely ignore fatique playing 3\5 final master. On of the big reason those finals were reduced was to try and get the winners to compete next master.


Okiegal Says:

^^^^Lol…..True dat!!!


Okiegal Says:

@Markus…..She has to be a miserable person. So much negativity…..


Felipe Says:

Nadal keep losing tiebreaks!!!!…the only positive is that his “saving break points mojo” is kind of coming back (10/12 yesterday; 6/7 today).. the bad news is that his service is very vulnerable


Nitesh Says:

Nadal vs Monflis interesting


Nitesh Says:

Nadal wins 1st set


Wog Boy Says:

Rafa is playing good tennis, trying to stay aggressive even when he is shanking few balls here and there in order to stay close to base line, nice match so far.


Wog Boy Says:

If I am Rafa fan I would be very happy with his grass game so far, I can see him as a winning it, whether it is mighty Cilic or Troicki in the final.


Hippy Chick Says:

Wogboy thanks and yes i am happy,i dont know if he will win the title,but its great to see him getting to another final,and putting himself into contention for another title again,especially with it been on grass,its been a positive week,even if he doesnt win the title….


Wog Boy Says:

HC,

He will win, though I would like if Troicki wins a lot, but I like what I saw from Rafa, agressive game even serving more agressive and paying the price by having lower first serves percentage, but overall result is better for him.


Hippy Chick Says:

Wogboy yeah there was more pop on the serve,and he was aggressive which i like,and was fighting like the old Rafa,win or lose i like a positive Rafa just going for his shots….


Hippy Chick Says:

And yes i hope Tricky kicks Cilics backside as i cannot stand that guy….


Okiegal Says:

@Chick 9:37….I too liked what I saw from Rafa today. The match yesterday they both had 14 aces each. I’m thinking Rafa has been working on his serve a lot. Those free points on serve are very nice! He didn’t have that many today, however. He seems to be holding his nerves a lot better. Actually, looking better on grass than clay. Could that be possible?? Lol Glad you’re back posting, BTW. Have a good week-end!!


skeezer Says:

Rafa has made the finals? Grass? Congrats!


Hippy Chick Says:

Okie both you and i were insulted personally by a certain poster,which i didnt take to kindly to,not to mention the unsavoury jokes regarding players sexuality and gender etc,anyway it appears to have stopped,and hopefully the moderators have upped their game,and a certain poster seems long gone,if he turns up again best to ignore them anyway right?….


Okiegal Says:

@Chick…..Right on! I hope it’s stopped…..so far so good. Yippy Skippy…..whether or not Rafa wins tomorrow, he made it to the finals! He’s actually looking better!


Okiegal Says:

@Skeezer….Thanx…..yeah, grass, who’d a thunk it?? He didn’t really roll over anybody. They were close matches… but has managed to get to the finals!


nitesh Says:

Marian cilic is a very dangerous player especially on grass with his big serve all the best to nadal


nitesh Says:

I would love to see wawranika vs cilic on grass


Hippy Chick Says:

Nitish yeah true but Cilic lost to Troicki,so Rafa plays him in the final not Cilic,if thats what you meant?….


Margot Says:

Cilic beating Troicki?
Jumping the gun.

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