Ferrero led 5:3* (30-all) in the 1st set when Hewitt won seven consecutive games. The Spaniard saved a triple break point to hold for a 3:1* lead in the 3rd set and took the momentum winning 15 out of 20 games in total! Hewitt  seemed to be very tired playing a deciding set for the third time within three days, but he somehow found the second wind trailing *1:3 in the 5th set. From 4-all in the decider, he won 8 out of the last 10 points, successfully playing his first lob (BH) of the final on match point to defend his ‘Masters’ title… Entering the deciding set, both players had the same five-set records: 9-7. ”Every match this week was a grind,” Hewitt said. ”I didn’t have one easy match. I think maybe a couple of three-hour matches and a four-hour match, nearly. I don’t know how I held up at all.” Indeed he played a 3-hour match against Federer, but only 2:16h against Safin. Huge difference comparing to his title a year before anyway, in Sydney he needed to play 12 sets (only one set “7-5”), yet in Shanghai 16 sets (six sets “7-5”) – it’s strange that no of those 28 sets went to a tie-break.
Hewitt’s route to his 17th (2nd consecutive Masters) title:
rr. Albert Costa 6-2, 4-6, 6-3
rr. Carlos Moya 4-6, 5-7
rr. Marat Safin 6-4, 2-6, 6-4
S Roger Federer 7-5, 5-7, 7-5
W Juan C. Ferrero 7-5, 7-5, 2-6, 2-6, 6-4
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