Understanding Thomaz Bellucci’s loss to World No. 2 Rafael Nadal

Posted on June 21st, 2010

Thomaz Bellucci lost the French Open to World No. 2 Spanish Rafael Nadal in men’s singles fourth round. The score was 6-2, 7-5, 6-4.

A year ago Nadal was in fact upset in fourth round by Swede Robin Soderling. The recent match seemed a deja vu for him of his last year’s upset even though Bellucci performed inspired game in duplicating the feat of Soderling on the Philippe Chatrier Court, the same court.

Bellucci, in his career’s first time, reached grand slam tournament’s round of 16. He reached here by upseting 14th seed Ivan Ljubicic.

Well, in round of 16 Bellucci dominated Nadal with some of his fine plays. He was seen much improved since both met first time two years ago in the first round.

In the opening game Bellucci dropped serve with a deuce, but two games later he did displayed some outstanding plays. Nadal, on the other hand, broke serve in the seventh game.

Bellucci recovered with a break point in the second set in game five, but two faults were committed in game nine. This helped Nadal to wrap up chance with his serve.

However, Bellucci gave a stiff challenge to Nadal, his toughest opponent, by dropping four times his serve.

Nadal said after the tournament, “I played probably my best match today in the tournament.”

Nadal had 109 points in total and Bellucci just 89. Nadal had 27 winners and Bellucci only could collect 18 points.

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