madrid05nadal_ljubicic

Points won by each set: [ 20-27, 19-32, 34-33, 29-29, 43-33 ]
Points won directly behind the serve:
20 % Nadal – 32 of 159
40 % Ljubicic – 56 of 140

Ljubicic [12] was in a form of his life playing like a possessed guy and it seemed that he would get third indoor title within three weeks! After winning the first two sets easily, Ljubo at 1-all led 30/0 on Nadal’s serve when his backhand missed a sideline by a few centimetres; it could be a winner and a triple break point, instead Nadal [2] jumped to a 4:1* lead. In the 5th set the Croat led *2:0 when a nightmarish game occurred to him (two double faults & two simple volley errors). Anyway he was four points away from the title leading 5:4, 6:5 & trailing *3:5 in the deciding tie-break.

Nadal’s route to his 12th title:
2 Victor Hanescu 7-6(5), 6-3
3 Tommy Robredo 6-2, 6-4
Q Radek Stepanek 7-6(9), 6-4
S Robby Ginepri 7-5, 7-6(1)
W Ivan Ljubicic 3-6, 2-6, 6-3, 6-4, 7-6(3)

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