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Points won by each set: [ 26-12, 40-38 ]
Points won directly behind the serve:
23 % Nadal – 15 of 65
21 % Djokovic – 11 of 51

Nadal’s only title with a headband worn in a way to cover the entire head 😉 It was just their second of multitude meetings (the first full), Djokovic’s maiden final in a big event. He paid the price for it at the beginning – too tense and collected just two points in the opening four games. From *0:4 to the end, the final was balanced though, and Djokovic [13] made a bit better impression I’d say, as a more aggressive player. In the 2nd set he squandered three break points leading 2:1, the longest rally of the match on the third break point – 30 strokes and the Serbian made an error trying to finish it with a BH dropshot. “This is one of the best wins for me,” said Nadal [2]. “It is a strange feeling to come here and win without losing a set. I won against a great player.” Two weeks later they clash in the Miami quarter-final, and Djokovic manufactures a 6-3, 6-4 revenge.

Nadal’s route to his 18th title:
2 Arnaud Clement 6-3, 7-6(3)
3 Fernando Verdasco 6-4, 6-4
4 Juan Carlos Ferrero 6-1, 6-1
Q Juan Ignacio Chela 7-5, 7-5
S Andy Roddick 6-4, 6-3
W Novak Djokovic 6-2, 7-5

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