More Nadal return of serve woes against the big serving Mayer:
"He played really well," said Nadal. "I didn't. I felt that I was not playing bad from the baseline. But my return, when he was serving the first serve, was terrible tonight. I only won four points in the whole match [on his] first serve. So I cannot expect win a match when the opponent is playing well, is serving well, is doing very good serve and volleys, returning, and only winning four points with returning the first serve. [I] congratulate him.
"For me today is [a] disappointing day. I think I was doing everything right, practising with good motivation, practising well in general. I had a good result [at the] US Open. I had a good result last week. Today is a tough loss, that's the truth. [It] was not my day. I am out of the tournament. I am going to work hard for the next tournament." ---from atpworldtour.com
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For what it's worth, Nadal had to be off his game a little and Mayer had to play the match of his life to play. But the big guy has game too.
I echo Tim's and Mark's sentiments. Seemed to me that Rafa is vulnerable to moon-balls hit in the middle of a rally, against his two hander . Verdasco did that intermittently to great effect in Cincy 2011 and took him to 3 tiebreaks in 3 sets. Was one of the best matches of this year ! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0taA8bTq4dk . At first glance, Roger might be a little too proud to do this, or maybe not , since age is not on his side now..
Only time or 2012 will tell ;-))