Total points by each set: | 44-39, 31-22 |
Points won directly behind the serve:
14 % Nadal – 10 of 70
12 % Djokovic – 8 of 66

“I had my chances,” said Djokovic of Sunday’s defeat by Nadal. “He overcomes the pressure better than me, that’s why he’s the best in the world, but overall I’m pretty happy with the week. Maybe I’ve got to get to the net faster and take more chances. I’ve got to improve physically as well.” In the 1st set the Serb [3] saved set points trailing *3:5 & 5:6*, came back twice from a break down, but the tie-break lost quickly. He had a game point for 3-all in the 2nd set, yet Nadal took the final four games converting his first match point with a forehand passing-shot… The first of their four Roman finals.

Nadal’s route to his 36th title:
2 Andreas Seppi 6-2, 6-3
3 Robin Soderling 6-1, 6-0
Q Fernando Verdasco 6-3, 6-3
S Fernando Gonzalez 6-3, 6-3
W Novak Djokovic 7-6(2), 6-2

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