mc09nadal_murray

mc09nadal_murray

Points won by each set: [ 30-20, 47-42 ]
Points won directly behind the serve:
6 % Nadal – 4 of 65
13 % Murray – 10 of 74

# The first of their three Monte Carlo semifinals. It could have been Murray’s [4] win from the deepest deficit if he’d survived in three sets… even the 3rd set wasn’t required though. For almost entire two sets it looked like Nadal’s [1] inevitable triumph in more or less 90 minutes, but it lasted 40 minutes more. He led 4:1* (30-all) in the 2nd set set when Murray, attacking the net, left the ball which landed just 1-2 centimetres beside the sideline; then the Spaniard led 5:2* (30/15) – FH stop-volley – and had a match point on serve at 5:3 – Murray won an 18-stroke rally with a forehand dropshot. Another chance at 5:4* (30/15) – Nadal’s failed passing-shot. Ultimately the one-sided set turned into a dog-fight in which Murray was three points away from winning the set, one of the longest TB sets in careers of them both. In that tie-break separated them two very long rallies won by Nadal with FH & BH winners (29 & 26 strokes respectively).

# Comparison of their three Monte Carlo semifinals:
2009: Nadal d. Murray 6-2, 7-6(4)… 2 hours 9 minutes… Total points: 77-62
2011: Nadal d. Murray 6-4, 2-6, 6-1… 2 hours 58 minutes… Total points: 100-87
2016: Nadal d. Murray 2-6, 6-4, 6-2… 2 hours 44 minutes… Total points: 94-83

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