sanjose09stepanek.fish

sanjose09stepanek.fish

Points won by each set: [ 29-37, 31-30, 26-12 ]
Points won directly behind the serve:
32 % Stepanek – 26 of 81
38 % Fish – 32 of 84

Two players with similar styles, but in that final only Fish [24] displayed his normal attacking tennis. Stepanek [21], known as an on-court thinker, adjusted defensive mode and it paid off in the end. Until the last game of the 2nd set, Fish had held 54 of his previous 55 service games, but then he was broken thrice in five games, in his last two service games he didn’t even win a point. “Until that moment at 5:4 for me, Mardy was serving incredibly so I really didn’t have many chances,” Stepanek said. “I knew I had to stay with him, hold my serve and try to wait for my chances, which I believed would come.” Afterward as he celebrated, Stepanek donned a San Jose Sharks jersey and paraded around the court. He dropped to the ground briefly for a mini-version of the worm dance he has become known for, then jumped to his feet and held his arms in the air as the crowd applauded… Their H2H rivalry finished at 4-1 for the Czech player (it was 3:0 after that 1-hour 51-minute final).

Stepanek’s route to his 4th title:
1 Dominic Meffert 5-7, 6-3, 6-1
2 Chris Guccione 6-2, 7-6(1)
Q Todd Widom 5-7, 6-0, 6-0
S Andy Roddick 3-6, 7-6(5), 6-4
W Mardy Fish 3-6, 6-4, 6-2

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