ao03grosjean.mantilla

ao03grosjean.mantilla

Points won by each set: [ 30-37, 26-33, 34-25, 36-24, 31-21 ]
Points won directly behind the serve:
16 % Grosjean – 23 of 138
12 % Mantilla – 21 of 165

Grosjean [16] lost four dramatic five-setters during his career on Rod Laver Arena, but that time the luck was on his side. Mantilla [73] entered the match having won three straight five-set matches, and led two-sets-to-love, when they began to play under the floodlights. Grosjean started to serve better then, and leading 3:2* in the 3rd set, he won the longest game of the match (five deuces, Mantilla had 5 game points). It was a turning point, because Mantilla began to feel so many sets in his bones afterwards. He took a medical time-out before the 5th set (back pain in the loin part), but Grosjean changed his tactics (produced longer rallies mixed up with dropshots), and it paid off in the end of a 3-hour 37-minute contest in front of a half empty stadium… Mantilla became the first man since Eliot Teltscher (Roland Garros ’79) to play twenty sets in the first four rounds of a major! Neither of those sets went to a tie-break (Mantilla had beaten M.Zabaleta – 3:39 hrs, J.M.Gambill – 3:15 hrs & A.Costa – 3:18 hrs)

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