Wow that was quick!
Rajeev just made his way into the quarter finals of the Los Angeles ATP250 with a straight sets W over Chilean Paul Capdeville in an hour and some change. Rajeev won 6-3, 6-1 and never faced a break point for the entire match. He broke Paul five times from nine opportunities and only lost three points on serve in the second set. Pretty dominant performance.
Rajeev served much better in this match than the previous few weeks, making 62% of his 1st serves and won 22/26 (85%) points on 1st serve for the entire match. He was also rock solid on 2nd serves, winning 11/16 (69%).
Homework is everything.
Coaching on tour takes on many aspects, and the one I thrive on is knowing your opponent. The first tournament I coached Kevin was in Delray back in February 2010, where he qualied and lost a tough first round to Argentine Leonardo Mayer (#69) 7-6 (7), 7-6 (2). Without giving too much away, let’s just say I really did my homework on that match to uncover why Kevin lost it match, and how to play Leonardo next time.
Fast forward to Toronto and Kevin just beat Leonardo (#68) 7-6 (2), 6-4 to advance to the 2nd round. As a coach, you are always looking to find a few points here and there in a match that can get your player over the line. The homework from February definitely made the difference in the 1st round.
Next up was #21 Sam Querrey, who Kevin took out 7-6 (4), 4-6, 6-4. This was another turn-around victory, as Kevin lost to Sam two weeks earlier in 3 sets in Los Angeles in the 2nd round.
Kevin’s 3rd round opponent was world #1 Rafael Nadal. Kevin lost 6-2, 7-6 (6) on a night match on center court, and definitely improved from the experience.
I wrote a detailed analysis of the match in the Brain Game members area which gives you an inside view of what it’s like to play the world #1. To become a member and read the detailed match review, please click here. You will also find insights about other players and matches from Toronto as well.
Kevin got 115 points from the tournament and improved his ranking from #87 to #77 with 4 quality wins and a tough loss. The ship is definitely sailing in the right direction. Well done coach Louis!
Toronto was a lot of fun, and it was great to spend some time with Canadian Davis Cup coach, Marty Laurandeau and his talented troop of players.
Thanks Toronto for another amazing tournament!