bangkok05federer_murray

bangkok05federer_murray

Points won by each set: [ 36-30, 42-34 ]
Points won directly behind the serve:
22 % Federer – 15 of 67
25 % Murray – 19 of 75

Now when I’m writing this, Federer is almost unbeatable, today (or yesterday, depending how to look at things) after defeating Robin Haase in Rotterdam quarterfinals, he became the oldest No. 1 in the world at the age of 36 years, 195 days (it’ll be official since 19.02.2018)…
13 years ago when he was also virtually unbeatable, in the Bangkok final he faced the teenage Andy Murray for the first time. The Scot [109, wild card] shocked the tennis world overcoming three much higher ranked opponents (Soderling, Ginepri, Srichaphan), advancing to an ATP final in his just 8th main-level event # He began the final being tense, but after losing the first three games quickly, he was competitive to the end. In the 2nd set he improved from *1:3 (30/40) to 5:4 and had a break point to enter a tie-break (Federer saved it with a forehand inside-out winner).
Murray: “It was intimidating playing someone like Roger Federer. I was a little nervous at the start but once I got going it was OK.”
Federer: “It could have suddenly become a really dangerous match for me. Andy will become a good player, I am sure of that.”

Federer’s route to his 33rd title:
1 Marcos Daniel 7-6(4), 6-4
2 Denis Gremelmayr 6-3, 6-2
Q Gilles Muller 6-4, 6-3
S Jarkko Nieminen 6-3, 6-4
W Andy Murray 6-3, 7-5

# First ATP final for the Big 4 guys:
8th – Murray (Bangkok ’05 – lost), 14th – Nadal (Auckland ’04 – lost), 21st – Federer (Marseille ’00 – lost), 25th – Djokovic (Amersfoort ’06 – won)

## Comparison of their two matches with identical scorelines:
Bangkok 2005 (F): Federer d. Murray 6-3, 7-5… 86 minutes…. Total points: 78-64 (aces: 2-6)
Cincinnati 2014 (QF): Federer d. Murray 6-3, 7-5… 94 minutes…. Total points: 75-61 (aces: 3-6)

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