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  1. Voo de Mar says:
    Points won by each set: | 39-36, 37-31 |
    Points won directly behind the serve:
    15 % Nadal – 11 of 69
    18 % Djokovic – 14 of 74

    Unusually the final was held on Monday in the afternoon because persistent rain prevented the play the entire Sunday evening, which caused the anger of spectators who were gathered at Foro Italico (many plastic bottles where thrown onto the court). # Just like a year before in the final between these two players, the loser won 8 games, but the outcome was reversal. Djokovic [1] led 5:4* (30-all) in the opener, and he was dictating the pace in a rally which was repeated due to the linesman’s mistake – at the replay the Serb made a backhand error and instead of holding a set point, he lost five straight games in total. The 2nd set was more balanced than the score would suggest; Nadal [3] was forced to save break points in his two opening games including 0/40. He said after the match: “The mentality was there at the right time because I know to win matches against Novak you have to be at your limit all the time because he’s pushing you at every moment.”

    Nadal’s route to his 49th title:
    2 Florian Mayer 6-1, 7-5
    3 Marcel Granollers 6-1, 6-1
    Q Tomas Berdych 6-4, 7-5
    S David Ferrer 7-6(6), 6-0
    W Novak Djokovic 7-5, 6-3

    # Comparison of their back-to-back Roman finals:
    2011: Djokovic d. Nadal 6-4, 6-4… 2 hours 10 minutes… Total points: 69-61
    2012: Nadal d. Djokovic 7-5, 6-3… 2 hours 21 minutes… Total points: 76-67

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