masters06_federer_blake

masters06_federer_blake

Points won directly behind the serve:
34 % Federer – 30 of 86
19 % Blake – 16 of 81

Sublime performance from Federer, especially his backhand was working amazingly well. Up to 6-0, 4:1* (15/0) he’d actually played an error-less match. Federer said: “I even had to laugh at one stage at how well I was playing. I always came up with a great answer. I was in control all the time and pretty much everything I wanted to do, I did.” It was their second ‘best of five’ final of 2006.

Federer’s route to his 45th title:
rr. David Nalbandian 3-6, 6-1, 6-1
rr. Andy Roddick 4-6, 7-6(8), 6-4 – 3 m.p.
rr. Ivan Ljubicic 7-6(2), 6-4
S Rafael Nadal 6-4, 7-5
W James Blake 6-0, 6-3, 6-4

# Comparison of their two 2006 finals:
Indian Wells: Federer d. Blake 7-5, 6-3, 6-0… 1 hour 43 minutes… Total points: 102-66
Shanghai: Federer d. Blake 6-0, 6-3, 6-4… 1 hour 37 minutes… Total points: 100-67

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