madrid04safin_nalbandian

Points won by each set: [ 29-15, 33-24, 33-21 ]
Points won directly on serve:
42 % Safin – 31 of 73
18 % Nalbandian – 15 of 82

# During this event, for the second time in his career (previously in 2000) Safin was enjoying fantastic form which will last more than three months to be ended with a loss to Taylor Dent (Indian Wells ’04). Admittedly Safin [9] was broken twice (trailed *1:3 in 2nd set), but he was srving great & controlled the final outcome throughout, being close to win the last set 6-1. Bizarre match in terms of stats – no volley & overhead winners even though both players were hitting those strokes in the final. They will play on the same court against each other in 2006, in the quarterfinal Nalbandian [10] wins 6-4, 6-7, 7-6.

Safin’s route to his 13th title:
2 Feliciano Lopez 7-5, 6-7(5), 6-3
3 Stefan Koubek 6-3, 6-3
Q Luis Horna 6-4, 6-4
S Andre Agassi 6-3, 7-6(4)
W David Nalbandian 6-2, 6-4, 6-3

# Comparison of Safin’s two best periods in career:
Toronto ’00 – Lisbon ’00… record: 38-5 (five titles, inc. US Open)
Bangkok ’04 – Indian Wells ’05… record: 34-6 (four titles, inc. Aus Open)

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