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  1. Voo de Mar says:
    Points won by each set: | 30-23, 32-24, 24-8 |
    Points won directly behind the serve:
    18 % Nadal – 11 of 61
    11 % Ruud – 9 of 80

    Their first meeting and a disappointing one, albeit it could be expected. For a few years at the end of 10s, when Nadal [5] was called “king of clay” for the second successive decade, Thiem was a “prince”; in the past two seasons of Thiem’s slump (injury), Ruud [8] has become a new clay-court prince, but he was brutally verified in the final. Nadal quickly jumped to a *2:0 lead when occurred perhaps his worst service game in the fortnight (two double faults in five points). In the 2nd set, also after his rather poor display, Ruud took a *3:1 (30-all) lead. The Spaniard had three tough matches behind, I assume he didn’t want to be involved in another physically demanding battle, and being fully motivated he not only won 5 games in a row which game him a two-set cushion, he won 11 games in a row in total; the hopeless Ruud had a point to win only one of those games (at 3-all).

    Nadal’s route to his 22nd Grand Slam title:
    1 Jordan Thompson 6-2, 6-2, 6-2
    2 Corentin Moutet 6-3, 6-1, 6-4
    3 Botic van de Zandschulp 6-3, 6-2, 6-4
    4 Felix Auger-Aliassime 3-6, 6-3, 6-2, 3-6, 6-3
    Q Novak Djokovic 6-2, 4-6, 6-2, 7-6(4)
    S Alexander Zverev 7-6(8), 6-6 ret.
    W Casper Ruud 6-3, 6-3, 6-0

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