Rafa has yet to drop a set so far but Gilly, as per usual, made him work (62 75 75). He had to adjust his game a bit to deal with Gilly's flat groundstrokes, which were what killed him last time in Madrid. But comparing their Madrid match to this match really showed Rafa's improvement on hard courts. The serve got him easy points, allowed him to hold easily, and his more aggressive hard court game really shined. His willingness to step in and crush his forehand is so great. It was a really fun match to watch.
Afterwards, it was all love between the Spaniard and the Pastry. You just get the sense that Rafa really respects Simon's heart and fight.