ao08djokovic_federer

ao08djokovic_federer

Points won by each set: [ 38-34, 32-25, 48-45 ]
Points won directly behind the serve:
32 % Djokovic – 37 of 113
31 % Federer – 34 of 109

Amazingly important victory in Djokovic’s development towards becoming the best in the world. Prior to that semifinal the 20-year-old Serb had lost all three ‘best of 5’ matches to Federer in straight sets, including a fourth round match on the same court (but different colour of the surface) a year before, and a recent US Open final in which he succumbed two tight sets – this time the story was different, it was Djokovic [3] who dealt better with the pressure at the end of two sets. In the opener he trailed *3:5 (0/30) – Nole came up with three big serves & forehand winner – and *5:6 (0/30) in the 3rd set before he fought off two set points with the help of two big serves to Federer’s backhand, he also trailed *4:5 in the ensuing tie-break, winning the last three points, again serving twice well. At the time Federer [1] was so good (advanced to ten consecutive major finals!) that it seemed almost unimaginable he’d lose in straight sets at Slams; it occurred to him for the first time since the French Open ’04 when Kuerten beat him three times “6-4″… Federer leads 5:2 vs Djokovic in their rivalry afterwards, Djokovic beats the Swiss three years later at the same stage, on the same court after very similar match #

# Comparison of their two Aus Open 3-0 semifinals:
2008: Djokovic d. Federer 7-5, 6-3, 7-6… 2 hours 27 minutes… Total points: 118-104 (aces: 13-10)
2011: Djokovic d. Federer 7-6, 7-5, 6-4… 2 hours 59 minutes… Total points: 119-111 (aces: 6-5)

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