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Points won by each set: [ 31-24, 39-34, 38-34 ]
Points won directly behind the serve:
27 % Federer – 31 of 112
22 % Gasquet – 20 of 88

In retrospect I’d risk a thesis it was the best Federer [1] on clay-courts. En route to the title he defeated six potential Top 10ers not dropping a set. The closest of losing a set he was in the final (three & two points in consecutive sets against the 19-year-old Gasquet). The young Frenchman [56] within a few weeks became a man to watch: first he reached the semifinal in Monte Carlo (after a shocking win over Federer), then as a qualifier he advanced to the final in Hamburg where played a good match against Federer again. At the time Djokovic (5 main-level events) & Murray (1 event) were just beginning their careers, therefore Gasquet seemed like one of the best young players in the years to come along with Berdych & Nadal (Monte Carlo champion). Certainly at the time it’d be unwise to presume Gasquet wouldn’t get a Masters 1K title or at least advance to a Grand Slam final.

Federer’s route to his 28th title:
1 Fernando Verdasco 6-4, 6-3
2 Tomas Berdych 6-2, 6-1
3 Tommy Robredo 6-2, 6-3
Q Guillermo Coria 6-4, 7-6(3)
S Nikolay Davydenko 6-3, 6-4
W Richard Gasquet 6-3, 7-5, 7-6(4)

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