Points won by each set: [ 31-22, 35-31, 37-39, 20-31, 34-28 ]
Points won directly behind the serve:
28 % Chardy – 45 of 159… 34 % Del Potro – 51 of 149
49 % Chardy – 78 of 157… 23 % Del Potro – 36 of 151
When they met for the first time in the Cincinnati quarterfinal a few months before, Del Potro couldn’t play his normal backhand due to pain in his left wrist, yet he defeated Chardy 6-1 6-3 using just backhand slice. Thus it seemed improbable that playing without similar problem he could be threaten by the Frenchman. Weird things happen sometimes in tennis though, Chardy  was playing his forehands in Melbourne with tremendous aggression from start to finish, and he almost made a revenge in straight sets! He was two points away from that at 6:5* (30-all) in the 3rd set. Del Potro  leveled, then his 5-set victory seemed inevitable, but it’s tough to explain why he can’t play five-setters well (a modest 4-6 record after that match). In the most important 10-minute (five deuces) game at 2-all, Chardy saved a break point with a backhand overhead following very good backhand volley, and he easily won the last three games of the 3-hour 45-minute encounter.