Well-played match by The Evil One. Rafa was discombobulated and definitely failed to keep colm through the match. It's a tough loss for Rafa for a lot of reasons but I just can't get over his refusal to challenge that line call on game point at 4-5 in the first set. Serving at 40-30, Rafa hit an ace that was called a fault. He thought about challenging but didn't. Replays showed the ball was in, which would have given him the hold at 5-5. Instead, the game went to deuce and Sod won the next two points to take the set. I'm definitely not saying Rafa would have won, but boy that hold would have made a huge difference.
Afterwards, Rafa was, as always, frank about his performance:
"I didn't play really bad. But in the important moments, I didn't have this calm, this necessary calm, to win these matches against the best players of the world."
"If you want to still talk about me (being) No. 1, I can, but I think is not the right moment. My level right now I think is not to be No. 1."
So, you know, nice win, Sod. You're still a piece of shit.