Rafa has now not dropped a set at Monte Carlo since his 2006 match against Fed. But that streak looked in jeopardy today as Muzz somehow came back from 5-2 in the second to force a tiebreak. But once he got there Rafa slammed the door, hitting two huge winners to take the match, 62 76(4) in 2 hours and 10 minutes.
The two winners Rafa hit to effectively seal the tiebreaker were reminders as to why he's virtually unbeatable on clay. But I got the sense that Muzz started to figure Rafa out in that second set. He changed it game, allowed for more margin on his shots, and started to use his shots strategically to give him time to get back into position. It was an impressive turnaround and definitely left me with nothing but anticipation for their next match.