rotterdam09murray_nadal

Points won by each set: [ 29-21, 28-30, 24-8 ]
Points won directly behind the serve:
29 % Murray – 22 of 74
13 % Nadal – 9 of 66

A time when Murray [4] was confirming his position in the long-lasting Big 4. The Scot finished the 2008 season in very good shape and continued it at the beginning of the following year. The 2nd set was bizarre; Nadal leading 2:1* took a medical time-out to his sore right knee and afterwards there were 8 consecutive breaks of serve! As Murray finally held to lead 2:0 in the decider, Nadal [1] actually surrendered; in the entire contest he lost as many as 7 out of his 12 service games. “I’m happy with the week but not especially with the way that it ended,” said Murray. “I can’t be disappointed with how I was playing. I knew something was wrong with Rafa as he took about 30 kph off of his serve in the second set.” Nadal’s injury wasn’t serious, he carried on his normal schedule coming back in the Davis Cup quarter-finals two weeks later to outplay Tipsarevic & Djokovic, helping Spain to beat Serbia 4-1.

Murray’s route to his 10th title:
1 Ivan Ljubicic 6-3, 6-2
2 Andreas Seppi 7-6(4), 7-5
Q Marc Gicquel 7-6(2), 4-6, 3-0 ret.
S Mario Ancic 6-1, 6-2
W Rafael Nadal 6-3, 4-6, 6-0

# Comparison of their two ATP finals with ‘6-0’ in the decider:
Rotterdam 2009: Murray d. Nadal 6-3, 4-6, 6-0… 1 hour 51 minutes… Total points: 81-59… Breaks: 7-4
Tokyo 2011: Murray d. Nadal 3-6, 6-2, 6-0… 2 hour 16 minutes… Total points: 84-57… Breaks: 5-1

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