rg06nadal_federer

Points won by each set: | 18-32, 28-13, 35-30, 40-34 |
Points won directly behind the serve:
22 % Nadal – 25 of 111
21 % Federer – 25 of 119

The first of three successive Roland Garros finals between them. Federer won the first five games of the match, a deciding break of the 3rd set occurred at 2-all (in the preceding game Nadal fought off four break points). Federer’s first tie-break lost in Grand Slam finals having won seven in a row. Nadal already led 5:3* (30/15) in the 4th set…. # In the third round Nadal established a new record for the longest 4-setter defeating Mathieu after almost 5 hours (the previous record for 19 years belonged to Lendl-Wilander).

Nadal’s route to his 17th title:
1 Robin Soderling 6-2, 7-5, 6-1
2 Kevin Kim 6-2, 6-1, 6-4
3 Paul-Henri Mathieu 5-7, 6-4, 6-4, 6-4
4 Lleyton Hewitt 6-2, 5-7, 6-4, 6-2
Q Novak Djokovic 6-4, 6-4 ret.
S Ivan Ljubicic 6-4, 6-2, 7-6(7)
W Roger Federer 1-6, 6-1, 6-4, 7-6(4)

# Comparison of the four longest 4-setters:
US Open 1987: Lendl d. Wilander 6-7, 6-0, 7-6, 6-4.. 4 hours 47 minutes.. Total points: 160-142… (302)… 55-51 in 3rd set
FR Open 2006: Nadal d. Mathieu 5-7, 6-4, 6-4, 6-4… 4 hours 53 minutes… Total points: 156-141… (297)
Davis Cup 2007: Sela d. Massu 6-3, 6-4, 6-7, 6-4… 5 hours 7 minutes… Total points: 161-150… (311)…. 53-57 in 3rd set
Davis Cup 2009: Massu d. Koubek 6-4, 4-6, 6-4, 7-6… 5 hours 14 minutes… Total points: 168-158… (326)… 56-51 in 4th set

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