mc08nadal_federer

Points won by each set: [ 39-32, 37-30 ]
Points won directly on serve:
15 % Nadal – 10 of 63
18 % Federer – 14 of 75

Third consecutive Monte Carlo final between the two best players in the world. Nadal [2], just like a year before #, won in straights by a two-game difference, but the progress was completely different; in 2008 Federer led on serve 4:3 in the 1st set & 4:0 in the 2nd. “I am coming back strong and am happy the way things are now,” said the Swiss [1], who had mononucleosis earlier that year. “A few weeks ago I was still in a bit of doubt.”

Nadal’s route to his 24th title:
2 Mario Ancic 6-0, 6-3
3 Juan C. Ferrero 6-4, 6-1
Q David Ferrer 6-1, 7-5
S Nikolay Davydenko 6-3, 6-2
W Roger Federer 7-5, 7-5

Serve & volley: Nadal 0, Federer 2/4

# Comparison of their Monte Carlo 2-set back-to-back finals:
2007: Nadal d. Federer 6-4, 6-4… 1 hour 35 minutes… Total points: 73-59
2008: Nadal d. Federer 7-5, 7-5… 1 hour 43 minutes… Total points: 76-62

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