Follow Live: French Open 2R – Nadal vs Haase (05/31/2017) 
9:47
Arthur Ajayi: 

Good day everyone and welcome to today’s French Open broadcast.

Wednesday May 31, 2017 9:47 Arthur Ajayi
9:48
Arthur Ajayi: 

This second round encounter will see Robin Haase take on nine-time former champion and heavy tournament favorite, Rafael Nadal.

Wednesday May 31, 2017 9:48 Arthur Ajayi
9:49
Arthur Ajayi: 

The two have met twice before, with Nadal winning their most recent encounter at Doha in 2016; an encounter that he won in straight sets.

Wednesday May 31, 2017 9:49 Arthur Ajayi
9:50
Arthur Ajayi: 

Haase however did go the distance with Nadal in 2010 at Wimbledon, where they had a 5 set encounter.

Wednesday May 31, 2017 9:50 Arthur Ajayi
9:50
Arthur Ajayi: 

The players are out and warming up.

Wednesday May 31, 2017 9:50 Arthur Ajayi
9:51
Arthur Ajayi: 

Nadal defeated Benoit Paire 6-1 6-4 6-1 in his previous round, whereas Haase took out Alex De Minaur 6-2 6-3 6-1.

Wednesday May 31, 2017 9:51 Arthur Ajayi
9:51
Arthur Ajayi: 

The first set is underway and Nadal is to serve.

Wednesday May 31, 2017 9:51 Arthur Ajayi
9:52
[Comment From NatashaNatasha: ] 

Looking forward to this one!

Wednesday May 31, 2017 9:52 Natasha
9:52
Arthur Ajayi: 

Nadal 0-0 Haase. Nadal to serve

Wednesday May 31, 2017 9:52 Arthur Ajayi
9:52
Arthur Ajayi: 

15-0 Haase hits a backhand long.

Wednesday May 31, 2017 9:52 Arthur Ajayi
9:52
Arthur Ajayi: 

30-0 Haase hits another shot long.

Wednesday May 31, 2017 9:52 Arthur Ajayi
9:53
Arthur Ajayi: 

Indeed Natasha, it should be a good match.

Wednesday May 31, 2017 9:53 Arthur Ajayi
9:53
Arthur Ajayi: 

40-0 After Nadal relentlessly attacks Haase’s backhand, the Dutchman sends a slice long.

Wednesday May 31, 2017 9:53 Arthur Ajayi
9:54
Arthur Ajayi: 

40-15 Explosive shot by Haase! He hits a huge backhand winner cross-court, on the run!

Wednesday May 31, 2017 9:54 Arthur Ajayi
9:55
Arthur Ajayi: 

40-30 Nadal hits an approach shot but sends it long.

Wednesday May 31, 2017 9:55 Arthur Ajayi
9:55
[Comment From NatashaNatasha: ] 

What a flying backhand from Haase! Going all out already lol

Wednesday May 31, 2017 9:55 Natasha
9:55
Arthur Ajayi: 

Game Nadal. Nadal seals the game with a winner.

Wednesday May 31, 2017 9:55 Arthur Ajayi
9:56
Arthur Ajayi: 

Haase has little choice Natasha; if he is passive early then Nadal will roll through him.

Wednesday May 31, 2017 9:56 Arthur Ajayi
9:57
Arthur Ajayi: 

Nadal 1-0 Haase. Haase to serve

Wednesday May 31, 2017 9:57 Arthur Ajayi
9:57
Arthur Ajayi: 

15-0 Haase hits a huge forehand winner.

Wednesday May 31, 2017 9:57 Arthur Ajayi
9:57
Arthur Ajayi: 

15-15 Haase hits a shot long

Wednesday May 31, 2017 9:57 Arthur Ajayi
9:57
[Comment From NatashaNatasha: ] 

Yeah I agree… Haase’s serving can be superb though. This first game of his will tell us a lot

Wednesday May 31, 2017 9:57 Natasha
9:58
Arthur Ajayi: 

15-30 Haase hits a defensive shot long, in an attempt to return Nadal’s overhead

Wednesday May 31, 2017 9:58 Arthur Ajayi
9:58
Arthur Ajayi: 

30-30 A brief rally ends with Nadal’s shot clipping the net cord and sailing wide.

Wednesday May 31, 2017 9:58 Arthur Ajayi
9:59
Arthur Ajayi: 

30-40 Excellent return from the Spaniard, it lands just at Haase’s feet and he cannot react in time. Break point!

Wednesday May 31, 2017 9:59 Arthur Ajayi
9:59
Arthur Ajayi: 

Deuce. Nadal’s shot is wide.

Wednesday May 31, 2017 9:59 Arthur Ajayi
10:00
Arthur Ajayi: 

Ad Haase. He hits a huge forehand, and Nadal sends the return long.

Wednesday May 31, 2017 10:00 Arthur Ajayi
10:01
Arthur Ajayi: 

Deuce. Nadal with some penetrating groundstrokes that Haase eventually cannot keep in play.

Wednesday May 31, 2017 10:01 Arthur Ajayi
10:02
Arthur Ajayi: 

Ad Nadal. Haase hits a backhand that sails just wide.

Wednesday May 31, 2017 10:02 Arthur Ajayi
10:02
Arthur Ajayi: 

Game Nadal. Nadal breaks and Haase is down early.

Wednesday May 31, 2017 10:02 Arthur Ajayi
10:02
Arthur Ajayi: 

Nadal 2-0 Haase. Nadal to serve.

Wednesday May 31, 2017 10:02 Arthur Ajayi
10:03
Arthur Ajayi: 

15-0 A well-angled forehand by Nadal has Haase scrambling, and he cannot keep the ball in play.

Wednesday May 31, 2017 10:03 Arthur Ajayi
10:04
Arthur Ajayi: 

30-0 Haase sends a backhand wide.

Wednesday May 31, 2017 10:04 Arthur Ajayi
10:04
Arthur Ajayi: 

30-15 Some big hitting by Haase pays off as Nadal sends a backhand long.

Wednesday May 31, 2017 10:04 Arthur Ajayi
10:05
Arthur Ajayi: 

40-15 Nadal with an inside-out forehand winner.

Wednesday May 31, 2017 10:05 Arthur Ajayi
10:06
Arthur Ajayi: 

Game Nadal. An ace seals the game for the Spaniard and he has raced to a 3-0 lead.

Wednesday May 31, 2017 10:06 Arthur Ajayi
10:06
Arthur Ajayi: 

Haase had a few moments where it looked like he would trouble Nadal, but it has been cruise control for the former champion.

Wednesday May 31, 2017 10:06 Arthur Ajayi
10:07
Arthur Ajayi: 

Nadal 3-0 Haase. Haase to serve.

Wednesday May 31, 2017 10:07 Arthur Ajayi
10:07
Arthur Ajayi: 

15-0 A big forehand draws the error from Nadal.

Wednesday May 31, 2017 10:07 Arthur Ajayi
10:08
Arthur Ajayi: 

15-15 Haase attempts a serve and volley, but Nadal beats him with the backhand passing shot.

Wednesday May 31, 2017 10:08 Arthur Ajayi
10:09
Arthur Ajayi: 

30-15 Quick movement by Haase wins him the point, after Nadal attempts a drop shot.

Wednesday May 31, 2017 10:09 Arthur Ajayi
10:09
Arthur Ajayi: 

40-15 Haase with an ace.

Wednesday May 31, 2017 10:09 Arthur Ajayi
10:09
Arthur Ajayi: 

Game Haase. He’s on the board following a Nadal backhand error.

Wednesday May 31, 2017 10:09 Arthur Ajayi
10:10
Arthur Ajayi: 

Nadal 3-1 Haase. Nadal to serve.

Wednesday May 31, 2017 10:10 Arthur Ajayi
10:11
Arthur Ajayi: 

15-0 Nadal’s second serve barely clips the line but it’s enough to draw the return error.

Wednesday May 31, 2017 10:11 Arthur Ajayi
10:11
Arthur Ajayi: 

30-0 Nadal with a forehand winner, following a short return.

Wednesday May 31, 2017 10:11 Arthur Ajayi
10:11
Arthur Ajayi: 

40-0 Nadal with another ace.

Wednesday May 31, 2017 10:11 Arthur Ajayi
10:12
Arthur Ajayi: 

Game Nadal. Good serve from the Spaniard, and he’s not giving Haase a chance.

Wednesday May 31, 2017 10:12 Arthur Ajayi
10:13
Arthur Ajayi: 

Haase dos not have the weapons to worry Nadal; he does have a big serve and forehand but Nadal is used to absorbing his opponents power. This first set might be over quickly.

Wednesday May 31, 2017 10:13 Arthur Ajayi
10:13
Arthur Ajayi: 

Nadal 4-1 Haase. Haase to serve.

Wednesday May 31, 2017 10:13 Arthur Ajayi
10:14
Arthur Ajayi: 

0-15 Nadal approaches the net following a well placed volley, and Haase’s lob attempt is long.

Wednesday May 31, 2017 10:14 Arthur Ajayi
10:14
Arthur Ajayi: 

15-15 Haase with an overhead winner.

Wednesday May 31, 2017 10:14 Arthur Ajayi
10:14
Arthur Ajayi: 

15-30 Haase goes for the big forehand but nets it.

Wednesday May 31, 2017 10:14 Arthur Ajayi
10:15
Arthur Ajayi: 

15-40 Nadal dictates play and Haase ends up sending his defensive forehand long.

Wednesday May 31, 2017 10:15 Arthur Ajayi
10:15
Arthur Ajayi: 

30-40 Nadal’s shot sails long.

Wednesday May 31, 2017 10:15 Arthur Ajayi
10:16
Arthur Ajayi: 

Game Nadal. A forehand winner up the line gives him another break.

Wednesday May 31, 2017 10:16 Arthur Ajayi
10:16
Arthur Ajayi: 

Nadal 5-1 Haase. Nadal to serve for the first set.

Wednesday May 31, 2017 10:16 Arthur Ajayi
10:17
Arthur Ajayi: 

0-15 Nadal goes for the big inside out forehand, but it catches the net.

Wednesday May 31, 2017 10:17 Arthur Ajayi
10:17
Arthur Ajayi: 

15-15 Nadal with an ace out wide.

Wednesday May 31, 2017 10:17 Arthur Ajayi
10:18
Arthur Ajayi: 

30-15 Nadal hits a great serve, drawing the error.

Wednesday May 31, 2017 10:18 Arthur Ajayi
10:18
Arthur Ajayi: 

40-15 Haase with another error.

Wednesday May 31, 2017 10:18 Arthur Ajayi
10:19
Arthur Ajayi: 

Game and first set Nadal. Haase’s forehand shot catches the net, and Nadal takes the first set 6-1 in 26 minutes.

Wednesday May 31, 2017 10:19 Arthur Ajayi
10:20
Arthur Ajayi: 

This has been a one-sided affair, as Haase looks out of sorts here and Nadal is winning points a bit too easily.

Wednesday May 31, 2017 10:20 Arthur Ajayi
10:20
Arthur Ajayi: 

Perhaps a change in strategy is required; he may want to consider approaching the net more often as he cannot beat Nadal from the baseline.

Wednesday May 31, 2017 10:20 Arthur Ajayi
10:22
Arthur Ajayi: 

The second set is about to begin.

Wednesday May 31, 2017 10:22 Arthur Ajayi
10:22
Arthur Ajayi: 

Nadal 0-0 Haase. Haase to serve.

Wednesday May 31, 2017 10:22 Arthur Ajayi
10:22
Arthur Ajayi: 

15-0 Haase with an ace.

Wednesday May 31, 2017 10:22 Arthur Ajayi
10:23
Arthur Ajayi: 

15-15 Nadal again dictates play from the baseline and hits a forehand winner into the open court.

Wednesday May 31, 2017 10:23 Arthur Ajayi
10:23
Arthur Ajayi: 

30-15 Haase with another ace

Wednesday May 31, 2017 10:23 Arthur Ajayi
10:24
Arthur Ajayi: 

30-30 Haase with a double fault.

Wednesday May 31, 2017 10:24 Arthur Ajayi
10:24
Arthur Ajayi: 

40-30 Nadal’s defensive forehand sails wide.

Wednesday May 31, 2017 10:24 Arthur Ajayi
10:25
Arthur Ajayi: 

Game Haase. Better play from the Dutchman, as he approaches the net, hits a volley and draws the error from Nadal to win the game.

Wednesday May 31, 2017 10:25 Arthur Ajayi
10:26
Arthur Ajayi: 

That’s just his second game won this match, so He will have to look for different ways to take down Nadal.

Wednesday May 31, 2017 10:26 Arthur Ajayi
10:26
Arthur Ajayi: 

Nadal 0-1 Haase. Nadal to serve.

Wednesday May 31, 2017 10:26 Arthur Ajayi
10:27
Arthur Ajayi: 

0-15 Great play from Haase! Nadal attempts a drop volley but Haase hits a sublime pass that even has Nadal applauding.

Wednesday May 31, 2017 10:27 Arthur Ajayi
10:28
Arthur Ajayi: 

15-15 Haase’s backhand sails wide.

Wednesday May 31, 2017 10:28 Arthur Ajayi
10:28
Arthur Ajayi: 

30-15 Nadal with another penetrating inside out forehand winner.

Wednesday May 31, 2017 10:28 Arthur Ajayi
10:29
Arthur Ajayi: 

30-30 Nadal goes for the forehand winner up the line, but pushes it wide.

Wednesday May 31, 2017 10:29 Arthur Ajayi
10:30
Arthur Ajayi: 

40-30 Nadal hits a big forehand winner, following a short ball from Haase.

Wednesday May 31, 2017 10:30 Arthur Ajayi
10:30
Arthur Ajayi: 

Game Nadal. Haase with the return error and Nadal is on the board.

Wednesday May 31, 2017 10:30 Arthur Ajayi
10:30
Arthur Ajayi: 

Nadal 1-1 Haase. Haase to serve.

Wednesday May 31, 2017 10:30 Arthur Ajayi
10:31
Arthur Ajayi: 

0-15 Nadal with a beautiful forehand winner up the line

Wednesday May 31, 2017 10:31 Arthur Ajayi
10:31
Arthur Ajayi: 

15-15 Haase hits a forehand passing shot.

Wednesday May 31, 2017 10:31 Arthur Ajayi
10:32
Arthur Ajayi: 

15-30 Haase’s shot is long, as Nadal stops play and the umpire confirms the call.

Wednesday May 31, 2017 10:32 Arthur Ajayi
10:33
Arthur Ajayi: 

15-40 Poor backhand volley from Haase, and Nadal has two break points.

Wednesday May 31, 2017 10:33 Arthur Ajayi
10:33
Arthur Ajayi: 

30-40 Nadal’s return catches the net.

Wednesday May 31, 2017 10:33 Arthur Ajayi
10:34
Arthur Ajayi: 

Game Nadal. The defense from Nadal is on full display, as Haase hits a huge forehand but Nadal redirects the shot to the open court for the backhand winner.

Wednesday May 31, 2017 10:34 Arthur Ajayi
10:35
Arthur Ajayi: 

Haase had a few good looks to hold his service game but the errors and defense from Nadal prevented that from happening. He now has a mountain to climb, being a set and a break down.

Wednesday May 31, 2017 10:35 Arthur Ajayi
10:35
Arthur Ajayi: 

Nadal 2-1 Haase. Nadal to serve.

Wednesday May 31, 2017 10:35 Arthur Ajayi
10:36
Arthur Ajayi: 

15-0 A short return gives Nadal an easy forehand winner.

Wednesday May 31, 2017 10:36 Arthur Ajayi
10:36
Arthur Ajayi: 

30-0 Good body serve from Nadal.

Wednesday May 31, 2017 10:36 Arthur Ajayi
10:37
Arthur Ajayi: 

40-0 A forehand return error from Haase, he really needs to keep those to a minimum.

Wednesday May 31, 2017 10:37 Arthur Ajayi
10:37
Arthur Ajayi: 

40-15 Another huge backhand winner from Haase, these are few and far between.

Wednesday May 31, 2017 10:37 Arthur Ajayi
10:38
Arthur Ajayi: 

Game Nadal. Haase attempts a forehand pass following a drop shot from Nadal, but sends it long.

Wednesday May 31, 2017 10:38 Arthur Ajayi
10:38
Arthur Ajayi: 

Nadal 3-1 Haase. Haase to serve.

Wednesday May 31, 2017 10:38 Arthur Ajayi
10:39
Arthur Ajayi: 

15-0 Nadal’s backhand goes wide.

Wednesday May 31, 2017 10:39 Arthur Ajayi
10:39
Arthur Ajayi: 

30-0 Haase with a hugeforehand winner up the line.

Wednesday May 31, 2017 10:39 Arthur Ajayi
10:40
Arthur Ajayi: 

40-0 Haase hits a drop shot that Nadal gets to but is unable to get back over the net.

Wednesday May 31, 2017 10:40 Arthur Ajayi
10:40
Arthur Ajayi: 

40-15 Haase tries another drop shot but Nadal gets to it and hits a backhand pass.

Wednesday May 31, 2017 10:40 Arthur Ajayi
10:41
Arthur Ajayi: 

Game Haase. Nadal’s shot sails wide and Haase is looking much better.

Wednesday May 31, 2017 10:41 Arthur Ajayi
10:41
[Comment From JohnJohn: ] 

Like most people Arthur, I can see this match being over quickly! What do you think of this radical idea? Due to the one-sidedness of Nadal’s early rounds here at the French, how about the tournament organisers putting him on an outside court and bringing in a closer match onto Philippe-Chatrier? I wouldn’t want to pay top dollar and see Nadal thrash someone.

Wednesday May 31, 2017 10:41 John
10:42
Arthur Ajayi: 

But it’s likely that Nadal will thrash whomever he faces in the early rounds John, and the people come to see him play; regardless of his opponent.

Wednesday May 31, 2017 10:42 Arthur Ajayi
10:43
Arthur Ajayi: 

Nadal 3-2 Haase. Nadal to serve.

Wednesday May 31, 2017 10:43 Arthur Ajayi
10:43
Arthur Ajayi: 

15-0 Haase’s shot sails long.

Wednesday May 31, 2017 10:43 Arthur Ajayi
10:43
Arthur Ajayi: 

30-0 Great serve out wide by Nadal.

Wednesday May 31, 2017 10:43 Arthur Ajayi
10:45
Arthur Ajayi: 

40-0 Nice exchange between both men, with Nadal winning the point off a Haase backhand error.

Wednesday May 31, 2017 10:45 Arthur Ajayi
10:45
Arthur Ajayi: 

Game Nadal. Haase’s return is long.

Wednesday May 31, 2017 10:45 Arthur Ajayi
10:45
Arthur Ajayi: 

Nadal 4-2 Haase. Haase to serve.

Wednesday May 31, 2017 10:45 Arthur Ajayi
10:46
Arthur Ajayi: 

15-0 Haase is a little more aggressive now, approaching the net and hitting a solid forehand volley for the winner.

Wednesday May 31, 2017 10:46 Arthur Ajayi
10:46
Arthur Ajayi: 

30-0 Haase with an ace.

Wednesday May 31, 2017 10:46 Arthur Ajayi
10:46
Arthur Ajayi: 

40-0 Nadal’s backhand slice sails wide.

Wednesday May 31, 2017 10:46 Arthur Ajayi
10:47
Arthur Ajayi: 

40-15 Haase with a double fault

Wednesday May 31, 2017 10:47 Arthur Ajayi
10:47
Arthur Ajayi: 

Game Haase. Another huge forehand winner and Haase is still very much alive in this set.

Wednesday May 31, 2017 10:47 Arthur Ajayi
10:49
Arthur Ajayi: 

Haase has gained some momentum and he seems to have an easier time holding his serve. Nadal on the other hand does not look troubled and has a break to maintain his lead.

Wednesday May 31, 2017 10:49 Arthur Ajayi
10:49
Arthur Ajayi: 

Nadal 4-3 Haase. Nadal to serve.

Wednesday May 31, 2017 10:49 Arthur Ajayi
10:49
Arthur Ajayi: 

0-15 Nadal’s forehand meets the net.

Wednesday May 31, 2017 10:49 Arthur Ajayi
10:50
Arthur Ajayi: 

15-15 Great shot by Nadal, he hits a backhand into the open court and Haase cannot get to it.

Wednesday May 31, 2017 10:50 Arthur Ajayi
10:51
Arthur Ajayi: 

30-15 Nadal with a big forehand that Haase can barely reach.

Wednesday May 31, 2017 10:51 Arthur Ajayi
10:51
Arthur Ajayi: 

40-15 Good body serve by Nadal

Wednesday May 31, 2017 10:51 Arthur Ajayi
10:52
Arthur Ajayi: 

Game Nadal. The Spaniard wins the game with a solid forehand volley.

Wednesday May 31, 2017 10:52 Arthur Ajayi
10:53
Arthur Ajayi: 

Nadal 5-3 Haase. Haase to serve and stay in the set

Wednesday May 31, 2017 10:53 Arthur Ajayi
10:53
Arthur Ajayi: 

0-15 Haase’s backhand goes wide.

Wednesday May 31, 2017 10:53 Arthur Ajayi
10:53
Arthur Ajayi: 

15-15 Nadal’s return is long.

Wednesday May 31, 2017 10:53 Arthur Ajayi
10:54
Arthur Ajayi: 

30-15 Nadal sends a forehand long.

Wednesday May 31, 2017 10:54 Arthur Ajayi
10:54
Arthur Ajayi: 

40-15 Nadal’s return sails wide.

Wednesday May 31, 2017 10:54 Arthur Ajayi
10:55
Arthur Ajayi: 

Game Haase. A huge forehand draws the error from Nadal, and Haase holds.

Wednesday May 31, 2017 10:55 Arthur Ajayi
10:56
Arthur Ajayi: 

Haase has been impressive the last few games, with Nadal playing a few loose points. The Spaniard has yet to be broken however, and will most likely take the second set.

Wednesday May 31, 2017 10:56 Arthur Ajayi
10:57
Arthur Ajayi: 

Nadal 5-4 Haase. Nadal to serve for the second set.

Wednesday May 31, 2017 10:57 Arthur Ajayi
10:57
Arthur Ajayi: 

15-0 Haase misses a lob, following a sneaky drop shot by Nadal.

Wednesday May 31, 2017 10:57 Arthur Ajayi
10:58
Arthur Ajayi: 

30-0 Excellent shot placement by Nadal, his forehand shot pushes Haase off the court and forces the forehand error.

Wednesday May 31, 2017 10:58 Arthur Ajayi
10:58
Arthur Ajayi: 

40-0 Nadal with an easy overhead winner.

Wednesday May 31, 2017 10:58 Arthur Ajayi
10:59
Arthur Ajayi: 

40-15 Great return by Haase, which sets him up for the forehand winner cross court.

Wednesday May 31, 2017 10:59 Arthur Ajayi
11:00
Arthur Ajayi: 

Game and Set Nadal. A brief exchange ends with Nadal hitting a deep forehand and drawing the error from Haase. Nadal takes the second set 6-4 in 40 minutes and is a set away from the third round.

Wednesday May 31, 2017 11:00 Arthur Ajayi
11:01
[Comment From MathieuMathieu: ] 

Fair point from John and yourself Arthur regarding players and court scheduling. I must say though that I went to Australia this year and watched a fantastic Ladies 1st Round match between Yulia Putintseva of Kazakhstan and Lara Arruabarrena of Spain. Yulia was the 31st seed. Great match, which she won 7-6 (7), 7-6 (10). Thoroughly enjoyed watching it even though Nadal was on the one of the main arenas.

Wednesday May 31, 2017 11:01 Mathieu
11:02
Arthur Ajayi: 

I agree Mathieu, except you can’t count on the smaller names to produce entertaining matches. Even if Nadal or Federer destroys their opponent, you ca at least be assured that you’ll see some quality play.

Wednesday May 31, 2017 11:02 Arthur Ajayi
11:03
Arthur Ajayi: 

The third set is underway.

Wednesday May 31, 2017 11:03 Arthur Ajayi
11:03
Arthur Ajayi: 

Nadal 0-0 Haase. Haase to serve.

Wednesday May 31, 2017 11:03 Arthur Ajayi
11:03
Arthur Ajayi: 

15-0 Haase with an amazing forehand passing shot.

Wednesday May 31, 2017 11:03 Arthur Ajayi
11:03
Arthur Ajayi: 

30-0 Haase with an ace.

Wednesday May 31, 2017 11:03 Arthur Ajayi
11:04
Arthur Ajayi: 

40-0 Nadal sends a backhand long

Wednesday May 31, 2017 11:04 Arthur Ajayi
11:04
Arthur Ajayi: 

Game Haase. Great start to the set from Haase, he came out firing on all cylinders as he hits a big backhand winner down the line.

Wednesday May 31, 2017 11:04 Arthur Ajayi
11:05
Arthur Ajayi: 

Nadal 0-1 Haase. Nadal to serve

Wednesday May 31, 2017 11:05 Arthur Ajayi
11:05
Arthur Ajayi: 

15-0 Nadal with a big inside out forehand winner

Wednesday May 31, 2017 11:05 Arthur Ajayi
11:06
Arthur Ajayi: 

30-0 Nadal with a forehand winner cross court, following a drop shot from Haase.

Wednesday May 31, 2017 11:06 Arthur Ajayi
11:06
Arthur Ajayi: 

40-0 Haase goes for the big forehand but pushes it long.

Wednesday May 31, 2017 11:06 Arthur Ajayi
11:07
Arthur Ajayi: 

Game Nadal. Haase’s return meets the net and Nadal holds just as easily.

Wednesday May 31, 2017 11:07 Arthur Ajayi
11:08
Arthur Ajayi: 

Nadal 1-1 Haase. Haase to serve.

Wednesday May 31, 2017 11:08 Arthur Ajayi
11:08
Arthur Ajayi: 

15-0 Nadal’s shot sails long.

Wednesday May 31, 2017 11:08 Arthur Ajayi
11:09
Arthur Ajayi: 

15-15 Haase goes for the big backhand up the line, but ends up clocking the umpire’s chair with the ball! He’s a good sport about it though, and plays it off.

Wednesday May 31, 2017 11:09 Arthur Ajayi
11:09
Arthur Ajayi: 

15-30 Haase hits a swinging forehand volley, but it goes long.

Wednesday May 31, 2017 11:09 Arthur Ajayi
11:10
Arthur Ajayi: 

30-30 Huge forehand from Haase has Nadal scrambling, and he cannot return the shot.

Wednesday May 31, 2017 11:10 Arthur Ajayi
11:10
Arthur Ajayi: 

40-30 Another ace from Haase, his sixth.

Wednesday May 31, 2017 11:10 Arthur Ajayi
11:11
Arthur Ajayi: 

Deuce. Haase tries another big backhand but sends it wide. No umpires were hit this time around.

Wednesday May 31, 2017 11:11 Arthur Ajayi
11:11
Arthur Ajayi: 

Ad Haase. Big serve from Haase and Nadal pushes the return long.

Wednesday May 31, 2017 11:11 Arthur Ajayi
11:12
Arthur Ajayi: 

Deuce. Haase attempts a drop shot following a big serve but it fails to go over the net.

Wednesday May 31, 2017 11:12 Arthur Ajayi
11:13
Arthur Ajayi: 

Ad Nadal. Haase shanks a forehand and Nadal has break point.

Wednesday May 31, 2017 11:13 Arthur Ajayi
11:13
Arthur Ajayi: 

Deuce. A great serve is followed by an overhead winner.

Wednesday May 31, 2017 11:13 Arthur Ajayi
11:14
Arthur Ajayi: 

Ad Haase. He hits a big inside out forehand and fires himself up with a loud “come on!”

Wednesday May 31, 2017 11:14 Arthur Ajayi
11:15
Arthur Ajayi: 

Game Haase. Well played by the Dutch, as he was able to save break point and hold.

Wednesday May 31, 2017 11:15 Arthur Ajayi
11:16
Arthur Ajayi: 

Haase is growing more confident with each game, but it only takes a little slip up for Nadal to capitalize on and take this third set.

Wednesday May 31, 2017 11:16 Arthur Ajayi
11:17
Arthur Ajayi: 

Nadal 1-2 Haase. Nadal to serve.

Wednesday May 31, 2017 11:17 Arthur Ajayi
11:17
Arthur Ajayi: 

0-15 Haase with another drop shot, and this one Nadal cannot return.

Wednesday May 31, 2017 11:17 Arthur Ajayi
11:17
Arthur Ajayi: 

15-15 Haase’s return meets the net.

Wednesday May 31, 2017 11:17 Arthur Ajayi
11:18
Arthur Ajayi: 

15-30 Nadal misses the easy inside out forehand, he doesn’t look very pleased with himself.

Wednesday May 31, 2017 11:18 Arthur Ajayi
11:19
Arthur Ajayi: 

Haase’s shot is called out but the umpire corrects the call, and so the point is being replayed.

Wednesday May 31, 2017 11:19 Arthur Ajayi
11:20
Arthur Ajayi: 

30-30 Haase with a forehand return error.

Wednesday May 31, 2017 11:20 Arthur Ajayi
11:20
Arthur Ajayi: 

40-30 Nadal with an ace, his fourth.

Wednesday May 31, 2017 11:20 Arthur Ajayi
11:21
Arthur Ajayi: 

Game Nadal. Haase’s forehand goes wide and Nadal holds.

Wednesday May 31, 2017 11:21 Arthur Ajayi
11:21
Arthur Ajayi: 

Nadal 2-2 Haase. Haase to serve.

Wednesday May 31, 2017 11:21 Arthur Ajayi
11:22
Arthur Ajayi: 

0-15 Nadal with a well angled backhand winner cross court.

Wednesday May 31, 2017 11:22 Arthur Ajayi
11:22
Arthur Ajayi: 

0-30 Haase showing a little impatience, as he hits a backhand into the net.

Wednesday May 31, 2017 11:22 Arthur Ajayi
11:23
Arthur Ajayi: 

0-40 Nadal dictates play and hits a forehand winner. Triple break point.

Wednesday May 31, 2017 11:23 Arthur Ajayi
11:23
Arthur Ajayi: 

15-40 Haase saves one with an ace.

Wednesday May 31, 2017 11:23 Arthur Ajayi
11:24
Arthur Ajayi: 

Game Nadal. Despite some big hitting by Haase, Nadal displays his incredible defense and ability to counter-punch; hitting a forehand winner up the line.

Wednesday May 31, 2017 11:24 Arthur Ajayi
11:25
Arthur Ajayi: 

Haase has not shown that he’s capable of breaking the Spaniard, and this match might be over as Nadal now has a break in what could be the final set.

Wednesday May 31, 2017 11:25 Arthur Ajayi
11:25
Arthur Ajayi: 

Nadal 3-2 Haase. Nadal to serve.

Wednesday May 31, 2017 11:25 Arthur Ajayi
11:27
Arthur Ajayi: 

15-0 Nadal attacks the Haase backhand, and the Dutchman is forced to try a lob which sails long.

Wednesday May 31, 2017 11:27 Arthur Ajayi
11:27
Arthur Ajayi: 

30-0 Nadal with an inside out forehand winner.

Wednesday May 31, 2017 11:27 Arthur Ajayi
11:28
Arthur Ajayi: 

40-0 Nadal wears Haase down with some deep groundstrokes, before hitting a cheeky drop shot for the winner.

Wednesday May 31, 2017 11:28 Arthur Ajayi
11:29
Arthur Ajayi: 

40-15 Nadal hits a double fault, his first of the match.

Wednesday May 31, 2017 11:29 Arthur Ajayi
11:30
Arthur Ajayi: 

Game Nadal. The Spaniard hits an overhead and is a game closer to the third round.

Wednesday May 31, 2017 11:30 Arthur Ajayi
11:30
Arthur Ajayi: 

Nadal 4-2 Haase. Haase to serve.

Wednesday May 31, 2017 11:30 Arthur Ajayi
11:30
Arthur Ajayi: 

15-0 Nadal’s return catches the net.

Wednesday May 31, 2017 11:30 Arthur Ajayi
11:31
Arthur Ajayi: 

30-0 Haase pounces on a short return and hits a big forehand winner.

Wednesday May 31, 2017 11:31 Arthur Ajayi
11:31
Arthur Ajayi: 

30-15 Haase attempts a drop shot but pushes it wide.

Wednesday May 31, 2017 11:31 Arthur Ajayi
11:32
Arthur Ajayi: 

40-15 Haase with some incredible shot-making here, hitting an inside out forehand winner.

Wednesday May 31, 2017 11:32 Arthur Ajayi
11:32
Arthur Ajayi: 

Game Haase. Nadal with the forehand error and Haase is alive, following a very solid game.

Wednesday May 31, 2017 11:32 Arthur Ajayi
11:33
Arthur Ajayi: 

Had Haase played with the same intensity that he showed in the last game for the duration of this match, he could have troubled Nadal. But the writing might be on the wall for the experienced Dutchman.

Wednesday May 31, 2017 11:33 Arthur Ajayi
11:34
Arthur Ajayi: 

Nadal 4-3 Haase. Nadal to serve.

Wednesday May 31, 2017 11:34 Arthur Ajayi
11:34
Arthur Ajayi: 

15-0 Haase attempts a backhand pass but it hits the net.

Wednesday May 31, 2017 11:34 Arthur Ajayi
11:35
Arthur Ajayi: 

15-15 Big hitting from both men ends when Haase hits another huge backhand winner cross court.

Wednesday May 31, 2017 11:35 Arthur Ajayi
11:35
Arthur Ajayi: 

30-15 Haase’s return is wide and he yells out in exasperation.

Wednesday May 31, 2017 11:35 Arthur Ajayi
11:36
Arthur Ajayi: 

30-30 Nadal’s shot sails long.

Wednesday May 31, 2017 11:36 Arthur Ajayi
11:38
Arthur Ajayi: 

40-30 Despite some great defense, Haase is unable to keep the ball in play and hits the backhand error.

Wednesday May 31, 2017 11:38 Arthur Ajayi
11:38
Arthur Ajayi: 

Game Nadal. Nadal with a forehand winner and he’s a game away from taking this match.

Wednesday May 31, 2017 11:38 Arthur Ajayi
11:38
Arthur Ajayi: 

Nadal 5-3 Haase. Haase to serve and stay in the match.

Wednesday May 31, 2017 11:38 Arthur Ajayi
11:39
Arthur Ajayi: 

15-0 Nadal’s shot is long.

Wednesday May 31, 2017 11:39 Arthur Ajayi
11:39
Arthur Ajayi: 

15-15 Haase absolutely obliterates the ball, but ends up sending the forehand shot long.

Wednesday May 31, 2017 11:39 Arthur Ajayi
11:39
Arthur Ajayi: 

30-15 Nadal’s shot sails long.

Wednesday May 31, 2017 11:39 Arthur Ajayi
11:40
Arthur Ajayi: 

30-30 Nadal wrong foots Haase and hits a backhand winner cross court.

Wednesday May 31, 2017 11:40 Arthur Ajayi
11:41
Arthur Ajayi: 

30-40 Haase shot sails long and Nadal has match point.

Wednesday May 31, 2017 11:41 Arthur Ajayi
11:42
Arthur Ajayi: 

Game Set and Match Nadal. Haase ends the match with a double fault and Nadal takes the match easily 6-1 6-4 6-3 in 1 hr 49 minutes.

Wednesday May 31, 2017 11:42 Arthur Ajayi
11:43
Arthur Ajayi: 

Haase just did not have the right weapons to trouble Nadal, despite some big hitting and powerful serves. The match was still entertaining however, and there was a mutual show of respect between the two players during and after the match.

Wednesday May 31, 2017 11:43 Arthur Ajayi
11:48
Arthur Ajayi: 

Nadal is now through to the third round, where he will face Georgia’s Nikoloz Basilashvili; who defeated Serbian Victor Troicki 7-6(3) 7-6(2) 7-6(6) in his second round match. Nadal is undoubtedly the heavy favorite in that match.

Wednesday May 31, 2017 11:48 Arthur Ajayi
11:48
Arthur Ajayi: 

That’s all from Paris, thanks for tuning in and be sure to follow us on www.tennis-pulse.com for continued coverage of the French Open.

Wednesday May 31, 2017 11:48 Arthur Ajayi