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Points by each set: | 24-34, 48-47, 49-44 |
Points won directly behind the serve:
22 % Nadal – 30 of 133
19 % Djokovic – 22 of 112

# In that longest ‘best of 3’ match in history, Nadal saved three mini-match points in the 2nd set (two different games), and was losing 1:3* (30-all) in the 3rd, later on *5:6 (15/30), in the tie-break he saved three match points:
5:6* (forehand winner in 21-stroke rally)
6:7 (forehand winner in 20-stroke rally) &
8:9 (service winner)
“In a game like that with so many match points I think you need luck to win, there’s no doubt about it, but I played with great courage and I think everything went well for me,” said Nadal “It’s very disappointing to play as well as I have and still lose the match. I played one of my best matches ever. I even played a few points above my limits and I still didn’t win.” said Djokovic.

Trivia:
# Match no. 18 between them (Nadal leads 14-4)
# There were two medical time-outs: for Nadal at 2:1* in 2nd set, for Djokovic at 3:2* in 3rd
# Djokovic didn’t lose an MP-up match for nine years!
# Mohamed Lahyani was a chair-umpire, he umpired also the longest ‘best of 5’ match between Isner and Mahut (2010)
# Carlos Moya, who co-created the previous record of the longest ‘best of 3’ match, witnessed the Madrid ’09 semifinal as a spectator

Nadal’s three longest ‘best of 3’ matches:
4 hours 3 minutes – Madrid ’09 (semifinal): Nadal d. Djokovic 3-6, 7-6(5), 7-6(9)… Total points: 121-125 (246)
3 hours 54 minutes – Chennai ’08 (semifinal): Nadal d. Moya 6-7(3), 7-6(8), 7-6(1)… Total points: 140-134 (274)
3 hours 39 minutes – Rome ’07 (semifinal): Nadal d. Davydenko 7-6(3), 6-7(8), 6-4… Total points: 128-116 (241)

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