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  1. Voo de Mar says:
    Points won by each set: [ 31-24, 26-7 ]
    Points won directly behind the serve:
    26 % Nalbandian – 11 of 41
    14 % Nadal – 7 of 47

    Nalbandian vs Nadal it’s an intriguing Head-to-Head – it’s finished at 5-2 for the Spaniard, but the Argentinian won their first two meetings easily, and he almost outplayed Nadal when they met for the third time (Indian Wells ’09, Nalbandian lost 6-3, 6-7, 0-6 having four match points at 5:3*). Only two weeks before their Parisian final, Nalbandian [21] trashed his four years younger friend 6-1, 6-2 in 71 minutes, in the Madrid quarterfinal. In Paris, Nalbandian needed one minute less, but no-one could expect another one-sided encounter because Nadal led 4:3* (30/15), so he lost nine straight games without any sign of an injury! “All week I was playing great, and I don’t know why the result was so easy,” said Nalbandian, who was the first man to do the Madrid-Paris double since Marat Safin in 2004 #. “After I broke him, I felt that I was playing better than him. I played more relaxed, hitting winners almost from everywhere. That gave me confidence.”

    Nalbandian’s route to his 7th title:
    1 Nicolas Almagro 6-4, 6-4
    2 Carlos Moya 6-4, 6-4
    3 Roger Federer 6-4, 7-6(3)
    Q David Ferrer 7-6(3), 6-7(3), 6-2
    S Richard Gasquet 6-2, 6-4
    W Rafael Nadal 6-4, 6-0

    # Before collecting two consecutive Masters 1K titles, Nalbandian lost to Wawrinka (7-5, 3-6, 1-6 in Vienna and 6-7, 2-6 in Basel). Despite finishing the year in tremendous form, Nalbandian didn’t qualify to Masters. For the second time in his career, he finished the year as No. 9 (previously in 2004)

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