rg08nadal_djokovic

rg08nadal_djokovic

Points won by each set: | 34-31, 26-13, 48-46 |
Points won directly behind the serve:
19 % Nadal – 19 of 98
15 % Djokovic – 15 of 100

Second year running on Philipp Chatrier court, Nadal [2] proved to be physically too strong & too consistent for Djokovic [3] # After losing the opener, the 21-year-old Serb played very poor tennis for 50 minutes, but from 0:3* (15-all) he managed to improve considerably his game, and created a set point at 6:5* – Nadal saved it with a powerful forehand contre-pie. In the ensuing tie-break Nadal built a 6:0 advantage to convert his fourth match point with an overhead. In the 3rd set the Spaniard hadn’t easy life in any of his six service games: broken twice, saved break points in three games (2nd, 6th & 12th), and won a game for a 5:3 lead from 0/30.

# Comparison of two consecutive French Open semifinals between them:
2007: Nadal d. Djokovic 7-5, 6-4, 6-2… 2 hours 28 minutes… Total points: 106-75
2008: Nadal d. Djokovic 6-4, 6-2, 7-6… 2 hours 49 minutes… Total points: 108-90

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