rome08djokovic_wawrinka

rome08djokovic_wawrinka

Points won by each set: | 25-29, 29-19, 33-23 |
Points won directly behind the serve:
26 % Djokovic – 19 of 71
22 % Wawrinka – 20 of 87

Very unexpected final at the time. Nadal had beaten Federer in the Monte Carlo final ’08 and another big final between them seemed probable, however, Nadal was stunned by Ferrero already in the second round while Federer lost to Stepanek in the quarterfinals. Wawrinka [24] achieved career-best result at the time overcoming five quality players (Safin, Murray, Ferrero, Blake, Roddick), but lost his serve at 2:3 in the 2nd set on Djokovic’s first time of asking, and the Serb [3] never looked back capturing his first big title on clay-courts. “I knew he’s a difficult player to play against on this surface because he’s achieved his best results on it,” Djokovic said after the match. “In the end I did what I had to do. Even though I won in three sets, I’m happy in general with my performance in this tournament. I was aiming for Rome and Roland Garros as my two priorities in this clay-court season. But of course Hamburg is next week, so I’ll try to do my best there.”

Djokovic’s route to his 10th title:
2 Steve Darcis 6-4, 6-0
3 Igor Andreev 6-3, 3-6, 6-3
Q Nicolas Almagro 6-1, 1-0 ret.
S Radek Stepanek 6-0, 1-0 ret.
W Stan Wawrinka 4-6, 6-3, 6-3

# Djokovic spent just 68 minutes on the court combining quarter- and semi-finals (34 min. each); Almagro – wrist injury, Stepanek – felt dizzy

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