masters05_nalbandian_federer

masters05_nalbandian_federer

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  1. Voo de Mar says:
    Match on YouTube
    Points won by each set: | 41-45, 56-54, 33-26, 30-14, 46-39 |
    Points won directly behind the serve:
    18 % Nalbandian – 36 of 196
    22 % Federer – 42 of 190

    One of the most bizarre finals in the Open era, and the second longest ‘Masters’ final in history (lasted 4 hours 33 minutes).
    In the 2nd set tie-break, Nalbandian led 4:1, 5:3, *8:7, 9:8 & 11:10. He won 10 consecutive games from *0:1 in the 4th set to build a *4:0 (30/0) lead in the deciding set – Federer won four straight games then! The Swiss broke in the 11th game and was two points away from the title serving at 6:5 (30/0) – Nalbandian got six straight points… Federer’s first defeat after 35 wins in succession. The Swiss finished the season with amazing 81–4 (95%) record, comparable only to John McEnroe’s 82–3 (96%), which was accomplished in 1984.

    Nalbandian’s route to the title:
    rr. Roger Federer 3-6, 6-2, 4-6
    rr. Guillermo Coria 7-5, 6-4
    rr. Ivan Ljubicic 6-2, 6-2
    S Nikolay Davydenko 6-0, 7-5
    W Roger Federer 6-7(4), 6-7(11), 6-2, 6-1, 7-6(3)

    Nalbandian: “I surprised the world. He almost never loses. To come back from two sets down against the world number one, with his record, it is just incredible.” Federer: “I congratulate David for coming back from the two tie-breaks, which was tough. He got me and he totally deserved to win.
    Their Head-to-Head

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