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  1. Voo de Mar says:
    Points won by each set: | 28-23, 43-44, 43-40 |
    Points won directly behind the serve:
    32 % Del Potro – 36 of 111
    34 % Federer – 38 of 111

    The end of the ’12 season gave a hope to all Del Potro’s fans that he could be again a member of the “Big 5” (it looked like this when he won US Open ’09, then suffered his first serious injury). In the last quarter of the season, the Argentine reached the US Open quarerfinal, then he won back-to-back titles indoors (Vienna, Basel) to get a 15-1 record when he was sensationally beaten by Llodra in Paris-Bercy. Del Potro was relatively close to lose very similar match to their London-Olympics semifinal. In the 2nd set he wasted a mini-match point at 5-all, and was forced to save break points at 1-all and 3-all in the decider. As he led *4:3 Federer was four points away from the title, but played rather poorly the last three points (in the last two points challenges were required). Six years later they play an Indian Wells final concluded with the same scoreline.

    Del Potro’s route to his 13th title:
    1 Alejandro Falla 6-4, 6-1
    2 Brian Baker 7-5, 6-1
    Q Kevin Anderson 3-6, 7-6(3), 6-2
    S Richard Gasquet 6-2, 6-2
    W Roger Federer 6-4, 6-7(5), 7-6(3)

    # Del Potro 4 points away from defeat to Anderson & Federer

    Serve & volley: Del Potro 1/1, Federer 5/5

  2. Voo de Mar says:
    Del Potro finished his career with an excellent 18-6 (75%) record in deciding tie-breaks (16-5 at the main-level), the victory in Basel gave him 9th consecutive win of this kind (the streak ended at 10)

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