Novak Djokovic, Rafael Nadal Win Opening Matches At 2011 Mutua Madrid Open

Novak Djokovic

Make it 28-0 so far for Novak Djokovic in 2011. The Serbian superstar took care of Kevin Anderson of South Africa 6-3 6-4 at the 2011 Mutua Madrid Open. Djokovic’s improved serve allowed him to avoid being broken in the match. Although Kevin Anderson out-aced Novak 7 to 2, Anderson had a much more difficult time winning points on return, scoring on only 25% of return points. It wasn’t the best match Novak has played, and he will have to improve if he wants to keep his unbeaten record for the year intact.

Rafael Nadal

Playing a notch above the field was Rafael Nadal, who blew through Marco Baghdatis 6-1 6-3. Rafa not only wasn’t broken in the match, he never even faced a break point. His serve game was untouchable, winning not only 83% of points on first serve, but an astounding 78% of second serves. Most players don’t win 78% on first serves, much less second serve. Nadal versus Novak is the final I want to see. Their matches at Indian Wells and Miami were grand theater. We will see if Novak can keep it going on clay.

Second Round
Rafael Nadal (1) def. Marcos Baghdatis 6-1, 6-3
Novak Djokovic (2) def. Kevin Anderson 6-3, 6-4



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