madrid08simon_nadal

madrid08simon_nadal

Points won by each set: [ 24-31, 46-40, 53-55 ]
Points won directly on serve:
12 % Simon – 18 of 147
16 % Nadal – 17 of 102

3 hours 28 minutes – the second longest match of 2008. It’s absolutely incredible that Simon won that match against the home-crowd favorite having already in the legs four three-setters # Nadal [1] was on his way to get a routine victory at 2:1* (40/0) in the 2nd set, but wasted the triple-break point, also a mini-match point at 4:3 (40/30) when he lost a 22-stroke rally, and the full control over the final outcome. Simon [16] broke in the following game despite being chanceless on Nadal’s all service games before. The Spaniard broke back, led 40/15 at 5-all, had another game points, then break points, but lost the set. In the 3rd set Simon trailing 0:1 survived a crazy 9-deuce game (six break points) in which struck all his aces and won the longest rally of the match (33 strokes). He failed to serve the victory out at 6:5, in the tie-break wasted his first match point, but on the second chance he left Nadal’s passing-shot and the challenge confirmed it was the right decision.

Simon’s route to the final (the toughest route in Masters 1K history):
1 Igor Andreev 4-6, 6-1, 7-6(7) – 4 m.p.
2 James Blake 3-6, 6-1, 6-4
3 Robby Ginepri 6-7(6), 6-4, 7-6(6) – 2 m.p.
Q Ivo Karlovic 7-6(1), 4-6, 7-6(2)
S Rafael Nadal 3-6, 7-5, 7-6(6)

# trailed *4:5 (0/40) vs Andreev, also 3:5 in the tie-break (2:09h)
# no drama vs Blake, early break in the third set decided (1:26h)
# trailed 4:6 in the tie-break vs Ginepri (2:35h)
# trailed *0:3 in the third set vs Karlovic, 3 pts away from defeat (2:14h)
# trailed *3:4 (30/40) in the second set vs Nadal, also 2:4* in the third & 1:3 in the tie-break (3:28h)

Serve & volley: Simon 1/4, Nadal 0

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