rg05nadal_puerta

Points won by each set: | 46-46, 32-25, 28-17, 40-40 |
Points won directly behind the serve:
18 % Nadal – 25 of 137
12 % Puerta – 17 of 137

The first Roland Garros final (Open Era) played between two left-handers. Nadal saved three set points in the 4th set, Puerta already led 5:4 (40/15) on serve. Puerta was playing the event under illegal substances… The final lasted 3 hours 20 minutes – the third consecutive more than 3-hour match of the Argentinian, who had defeated Canas & Davydenko in back-to-back duels before the final.

Nadal’s route to his 7th title:
1 Lars Burgsmuller 6-1, 7-6(4), 6-1
2 Xavier Malisse 6-2, 6-2, 6-4
3 Richard Gasquet 6-4, 6-3, 6-2
4 Sebastien Grosjean 6-4, 3-6, 6-0, 6-3
Q David Ferrer 7-5, 6-2, 6-0
S Roger Federer 6-3, 4-6, 6-4, 6-3
W Mariano Puerta 6-7(6), 6-3, 6-1, 7-5

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