Points won by each set: [ 36-26, 22-31, 37-22 ]
Points won directly on serve:
13 % Nadal – 12 of 87
17 % Djokovic – 15 of 87

A time Djokovic [3] was trying different things to beat Nadal [1] on clay. That match initiated quite long period when they were playing very long sets against each other because Djokovic was finally able to be involved in long rallies against Nadal, and they both needed additional time between the points. The Serbian led *3:1 as Nadal collected five straight games. The scenario was quite similar to their Hamburg ’08 semifinal – Djokovic gave his best for two hours, but the opening two sets cost him too much to compete on equal terms in the decider. The crucial were the first two games of the decider which lasted 23 minutes – Nadal saved three break points, the first one in a position very tough to play over the net (he played a winner, Djokovic fell to his knees…), then the Serbian wasted three game points committing two double faults… Nadal led 7:0 vs Djoke in their H2H on clay after that final which lasted 2 hours 43 minutes – amazingly long with that scoreline. # Two years later Nadal wins on the same court very similar match vs Murray, and its duration is 15 minutes longer (with one game played more).

Nadal’s route to his 34th title:
2 Juan I. Chela 6-2, 6-3
3 Nicolas Lapentti 6-3, 6-0
Q Ivan Ljubicic 6-3, 6-3
S Andy Murray 6-2, 7-6(4)
W Novak Djokovic 6-3, 2-6, 6-1

Serve & volley: Nadal 0, Djokovic 1/2

# Comparison of Nadal’s two very long MC matches with similar scorelines:
2009 (F): Nadal d. Djokovic 6-3, 2-6, 6-1… 2 hours 43 minutes… Total points: 95-79… Breaks: 7-5
2011 (SF): Nadal d. Murray 6-4, 2-6, 6-1… 2 hours 58 minutes… Total points: 100-87… Breaks: 7-6

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