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  1. Voo de Mar says:
    Points won by each set: | 24-5, 38-41, 29-19 |
    Points won directly behind the serve:
    35 % Federer – 26 of 73
    26 % Berdych – 22 of 83

    Federer [1] should have won that final with the same scoreline as two years before, he was serving at 5:3 (30-all) when he made a casual forehand error. The 1st set was a joke – he led 3:0* after 5 minutes (!), Berdych [15] wasn’t able to win a point in those first three games… Federer, “the king of Halle”, won 29 matches in a row in this event and it was a period when he had to work a lot to keep the streak improving – within six matches he needed deciding sets five times, and what’s quite special, in four matches he was within a few points to win in straights:
    – final ’05: two points away vs Safin
    – 2R ’06: two match points vs Gasquet in the tie-break
    – SF ’06: three points away vs Haas, wasted 10 BPs in the 2nd set including mini-match points at 4-all & 5-all
    – final ’06: two points away vs Berdych
    After that struggle he won 9 consecutive matches not being seriously threatened in any set, and finally being on a verge of another straight sets win, he lost to his long time rival Hewitt in the 2010 final.

    Federer’s route to his 38th title:
    1 Rohan Bopanna 7-6(4), 6-2
    2 Richard Gasquet 7-6(7), 6-7(7), 6-4
    Q Oliver Rochus 6-7(2), 7-6(9), 7-6(5) – 4 m.p.
    S Tommy Haas 6-4, 6-7(4), 6-3
    W Tomas Berdych 6-0, 6-7(4), 6-2

    # In the quarterfinal his second all-tie-break 2-1 victory saving MPs in the mid-set (first vs Verkerk three years before: 3/7, 14/12, 8/6), Federer trailed 4:6 in the 2nd set tie-break and saved a mini-match point at 2:4 in the 3rd set – it lasted 2 hours 45 minutes, his longest match in that event

    Serve & volley: Federer 1/1, Berdych 6/10

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