Points won by each set: [ 32-26, 38-29, 28-33, 38-41, 35-28 ]
Points won directly behind the serve:
20 % Davydenko – 36 of 173
38 % Verdasco – 59 of 155

Two players who enjoyed the previous season as the best in their careers: Davydenko [6] was fresh after the biggest title in his life triumphing in London-Masters ’09 (and Doha ’10) while Verdasco [9] came back to Melbourne after his sensational run to the semifinals a year before, and felt really well easily winning a warm-up exhibition event at Kooyong. So it was pretty much a 55/45 meeting at the beginning and the final scoreline confirmed it. The Russian was 7 points away from victory in the 3rd and 2 points away in the 4th set (lost the tie-break 5/7 leading *5:3 – his first lost TB after 8 won in a row). He saved three break points in the opening game of the decider and got the crucial break at 3:2.

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