Rafa rolls on, 80 straight clay court wins under his belt and no signs of stopping.
He is looking to become the first player to win all three ATP Masters Series events on clay in the same year, since the series began. Any other player would be looking to ease off a little, ahead of the French Open, but it hurts Rafa to give up a point, let alone a tournament.
However, once again an however, today, he is meeting a champion, who seems to have refound his hunger and is in good form. Lleyton Hewitt took a set off Nadal at Roland Garros last year, their only previous meeting on clay. The Aussie won their other 4 meetings and has, a not too shabby, 18-5 record in Hamburg.
Hewitt is serving well and was not broken yesterday, he is capable of keeping this close and I like the match to go beyond 19.5 games.
3 points Nadal - Hewitt over 19.5 games Pinnacle 1.952 ( 1.90 +) WON + 2.856 pts