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  1. Voo de Mar says:
    Points won by each set: | 35-43, 29-20, 48-50 |
    Points won directly behind the serve:
    22 % Gasquet – 25 of 113
    18 % Federer – 21 of 112

    It was a huge upset. Federer [1] was enjoying a fresh aura of invincibility (well known from the years 2004-07), and for the second time in career he was on a long winning streak (that time 25 straight wins), so the fact he played a tie-break against a teenage qualifier (won it 7/1) could already be a bit surprising. What happened in the following two sets, shocked everyone – Gasquet [101] playing freely, led 5:2* in decider after winning the 2nd set 6-2! Then he choked serving at 5:3 – he wasted MP in that game (should have finished the point with a drive-volley) as well as MP in another game (Federer’s overhead). In the decisive TB he trailed *3:5 when won a lucky point (his frame / Federer’s net-cord and the ball didn’t drop over), then he withstood three match points: *5:6 (service winner), 6:7* and *7:8 (Federer’s forehand errors). At 8-all Gasquet played a firm FH winner, the third MP he converted with amazing backhand passing-shot down the line. # It was their first meeting, and 16 years later, Federer leads 18:2 losing on the other occasion also in the deciding tie-break having won more points.

    Serve & volley: Gasquet 1/3, Federer 8/9

    # Comparison of their two matches the Frenchman won:
    MC 2005 (QF): Gasquet d. Federer 6-7, 6-2, 7-6… 2 hours 20 minutes… Total points: 112-113… 3 M.P.
    Rome 2011 (3R): Gasquet d. Federer 4-6, 7-6, 7-6… 2 hours 20 minutes… Total points: 97-102… 3 pts away

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