iw09nadal_murray

iw09nadal_murray

Points won by each set: [ 31-20, 26-16 ]
Points won directly behind the serve:
16 % Nadal – 7 of 43
8 % Murray – 4 of 50

Even though a period between Hamburg ’08 and Madrid ’09 marked the best time in Nadal’s career, Murray was a slight favourite before that match because he had won their two previous meetings (three counting an exhibition match in Abu Dhabi). The gutsy wind became an important factor, Murray [4] couldn’t get free points on serve and Nadal [1] took advantage of it winning majority of baseline rallies. “Conditions today were really difficult,” said Nadal, “Probably Andy didn’t play his best because of the conditions but I played a really complete match. I was moving very well, I never stop the legs during the whole match, and I think that was the key today.”

Nadal’s route to his 33rd title:
2 Michael Berrer 6-2, 6-1
3 Dmitry Tursunov 6-3, 6-3
4 David Nalbandian 3-6, 7-6(5), 6-0 – 5 m.p.
Q Juan Martin del Potro 6-2, 6-4
S Andy Roddick 6-4, 7-6(4)
W Andy Murray 6-1, 6-2

# Rafa saved four match points at 3:5, and another one at 4:5*. The match was finished at 2 a.m.

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