It would have been nice if I had begun writing on voodemar.com at the beginning of 2010 when another tennis decade kicked off. However, in 2010 I was writing my e-book, thus I launched this website in December 2010 when the e-book was complete. I’ve got a feeling “VdM.com” mainly deals with history of tennis from a perspective of the fifth full decade of the Open Era, so I decided to include here a “2010” page – I’ve pasted stuff from my e-book, omitting statistical digressions and tie-break scorelines. The template which is implemented here is characteristic for the “2011” page.
April 1, 2012
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January 5th – Doha, the first round. An unranked Younes El Aynaoui beats Ryler DeHeart  7-6 7-6 and becomes the first player to have won an ATP match after playing on the ATP Champions Tour. The 38-year-old El Aynaoui is also the oldest player to have won a match since 1995 (Jimmy Connors). El Aynaoui will be defeated in the next round 3-6, 1-6 by Steve Darcis.
January 10th – Doha, the final. Nikolay Davydenko‘s swansong as he defeats Rafael Nadal  0-6 7-6 6-4. Davydenko  wins the 8th tie-break in a row, having at the time, an impressive 17-1 record in tie-breaks. The Russian saved two match points in that tie-break and beat Nadal for the third straight time, improving their H2H to 5-4 (they met three times in a final, and each time Davydenko was the winner).
January 19th – Australian Open, the first round. Marin Cilic  def. Fabrice Santoro  7-5 7-5 6-3. The 37-year-old Santoro, who had officially finished his career in 2009 with a notable record of most Grand Slam appearances, played once again to be the first player in the Open era to have participated in Grand Slams in four different decades! The Frenchman finishes his career with two more records: the most defeats (444) and the most tournaments played (438). Santoro’s record in majors in singles: 63-70, with a positive record only in Melbourne (22-18).
January 31st – Australian Open, the final. Roger Federer  overcomes Andy Murray  6-3 6-4 7-6. “I got great support back home the last couple of weeks. I’m sorry I couldn’t do it for you tonight but… I can cry like Roger, it’s just a shame I can’t play like him,” said Murray at the ceremony, referring to Federer’s tears in Melbourne in the recent couple of years after the finals. The Scot had a few chances to win the third set: led 5:2*, had five set points in the tie-break at 6:4, 7:6, 9:8 & 11:10 before lost it 11/13. Federer improves his amazing record of 16 Grand Slam triumphs and compares it to his last Wimbledon triumph: “This felt similar in a way, because all of a sudden it was over and it hit me. It was very much a roller-coaster with the emotions. I guess the match point was over, and I was like, ‘Oh, my God, this is it.’ It was great.“
February 2nd – 31-year-old Tommy Haas receives US citizenship. Haas: “Of course I wouldn’t have done this if I hadn’t had the option to keep my German passport. But as this point was guaranteed, I now have the privilege of dual nationality and I can continue playing for the German Davis Cup Team.” Notable players who changed their nationalities in the Open era: Bob Hewitt, Johan Kriek, Kevin Curren, Ivan Lendl & Greg Rusedski.
February 28th – Acapulco, the final. David Ferrer  def. Juan Carlos Ferrero  6-3 3-6 6-1. Ferrero loses the first match after a 14-match winning streak. The Spaniard has won the titles in Costa do Sauipe & Buenos Aires. In a final of the latter tournament he defeated Ferrer.
March 18th – Indian Wells, the fourth round. Tomas Berdych  demolishes Viktor Troicki  6-1 6-3. Troicki advanced to the last 16 having played only one game! As a player seeded with No. 29, he had a ‘bye’ in the first round, in the following round, he won the 1st game of the match, before his opponent (Pablo Cuevas) retired, and in the third round, the Serb received a walkover from Nikolay Davydenko.
March 21st – Indian Wells, the final. 31-year-old Ivan Ljubicic  clinches the biggest singles triumph of his career, defeating Andy Roddick  in two tie-breaks. Ljubicic beat Novak Djokovic and Rafael Nadal en route to the final. “There were times – 2005, 2006 – when I really felt I deserved one,” he says, referring to his runner-up spots in Masters events, “It gives something special to your career.”
April 18th – Monte Carlo, the final. Rafael Nadal  trashes Fernando Verdasco  6-0 6-1. Nadal becomes the first player in the Open era to win a tournament title for six straight years! Verdasco says: “He’s done everything here the last six years. I just hope he gets tired of winning this event soon and gives the rest of us a chance.” It is the most lopsided triumph in the Masters Series history – Nadal lost only 14 games in five matches.
May 9th – Belgrade, the final. The first all-American final on European clay since Roland Garros 1991. Sam Querrey  beats his doubles partner John Isner  3-6 7-6 6-4. Isner led 5:3 in the 2nd set and had a match point on serve at 5:4. In similar circumstances, earlier that year, Querrey had beaten Isner in the Memphis final 6-7 7-6 6-3 – Isner led 5:2* in the second tie-break.
May 9th – Estoril, the final. The defending champion Albert Montanes  wastes a match point in the 2nd set, but comes back from a double break in the 3rd set to beat Frederico Gil  6-2 6-7 7-5. Gil is the first ATP finalist from Portugal in the Open era. A day before, Montanes notched the biggest win of his career, eliminating Roger Federer in straight sets.
June 6th – Roland Garros, the final. Rafael Nadal  def. Robin Soderling  6-4 6-2 6-4. Nadal reigns again in Paris, beating in the final his surprising killer from the previous year. “I lost last year because I was not well-prepared, and I had very low morale last year, as well,” said Nadal, who, reclaiming his Parisian title, took the No. 1 spot for the second time in his career. Soderling, who lost his second consecutive Roland Garros final, had beaten Roger Federer for the first time in 13 meetings in the quarters. It was the match that ended Federer’s amazing record of 23 consecutive semifinals in Grand Slam tournaments. The Spaniard won his 7th major, 5th Roland Garros, and did not drop a set during the fortnight. This was the 5th time in the Open era that this has happened: Bjorn Borg did it three times (Wimbledon ’76, Roland Garros ’78 and ’80), Federer once (Australian Open ’07); Ken Rosewall (Australian Open 1971) and Ilie Nastase (Roland Garros 1973) accomplished the feat as well, but they did not play seven “best of five” matches.
June 13th – Halle, the final. Lleyton Hewitt  ends a 15-match winless streak against Roger Federer  with a 3-6, 7-6, 6-4 victory. At 4:4 in the 2nd set, Hewitt saved a triple break point. “It’s fantastic,” declares Hewitt, “Roger’s a hell of an opponent; his grass-court record speaks for itself. Any time you play Roger on a grass court you know you’re in for a hell of a battle and I was lucky to get out of today’s match.” This was Federer’s first defeat in Halle after 29 matches won in a row.
June 15th – Wimbledon, the qualifying round. Nicolas Mahut  def. Alex Bogdanovic  3-6 6-3 24-22 – the match lasted over 4 hours. In terms of games, the longest unofficial deciding third set in history, overcoming the set “23-21”, which occurred three times in Wimbledon’s qualifying tournaments between the years 1979-2005.
June 21st – Wimbledon, the first round. The defending champion Roger Federer  barely avoids one of the biggest upsets in the history of major tournaments. The Swiss, unbeaten in Grand Slam tournaments before the semifinals between Wimbledon 2004 and Roland Garros 2010 (!), saves a triple mini-match point (4:4), trailing two-sets-to-love to Alejandro Falla , who has never passed the second round of Wimbledon in the five previous attempts, and who has never taken a set from Federer in the four previous meetings, being trashed by the Swiss 1-6 2-6 in Halle two weeks before! The Colombian has his chance also in the 4th set, is leading 5:3, but cannot deal with the pressure and loses the match 7-5 6-4 4-6 6-7 0-6.
June 21st – Wimbledon, the first round. Novak Djokovic  defeats Olivier Rochus  in five sets, the latest ever finished match at Wimbledon. The new record is connected to the fact that since 2009, on Centre Court, it is possible to play under the roof. The match was stopped due to darkness when Rochus was leading 2-1 in sets and 2:1 in the 4th set, and resumed 40 minutes later.
June 24th – Wimbledon, the first round. The match of the century: under the Mohamed Lahyani’s chair, John Isner  out-guns Nicolas Mahut  6-4 3-6 6-7 7-6 70-68 on Court No. 18, after 11 hours and 5 minutes in one of the most extraordinary battles in the whole history of tennis, in which many different records have been overcome. They needed three days to complete their first meeting against each other, featured with the unprecedented second day of their encounter, when they appeared on the court to play the final set, and, after seven hours, got stopped by the darkness at 59:59! Isner mentions about it: “Especially once the match got past, you know, 25-all, I wasn’t really thinking… I was completely delirious. Even though it was dark, and no one could see, I wanted a final verdict, win or lose. I didn’t want to have to sleep on it. But it wasn’t to be.” Both served more than 100 aces, overcoming the previous record of Ivo Karlovic. There were 980 points overall, and Mahut won more, 502-478. The American giant, who held his serve in 84 consecutive games against Mahut, was completely exhausted in the second round, losing his first three service games against Thiemo de Bakker, and eventually the match 0-6 3-6 2-6.
June 29th – Braunschweig (Challenger), the first round. The former No. 1 in the world, 42-year-old Thomas Muster, loses to Conor Niland of Ireland  2-6 1-6 in his first pro match after 11 (!) years. He retired at the Roland Garros 1999.
July 4th – Wimbledon, the final. Rafael Nadal  def. Tomas Berdych  6-3 7-5 6-4. Nadal, who did not participate in Wimbledon 2009, wins his 14th consecutive match at the All England Club. It is his second Wimbledon and the 8th major of his career. “It’s more than a dream for me,” said Nadal. “It was always my dream to play on this court and today, to play a fourth final for me was amazing. I couldn’t be here last year but this year I came back and to have this trophy in my hands is more than a dream.” In the quarterfinal, Berdych eliminated the defending champion Roger Federer. After the tournament, the Swiss dropped to No. 3 – his lowest ranking position since November 2003.
July 7th – Newport, the second round. The defending champion Rajeev Ram  loses to Raven Klaasen  7-5 1-6 6-7, despite being 5:0 up in the 3rd set. Serving, Ram has two match points at 5:1. Before Newport ’10, the 27-year-old Klaasen had only won two ATP matches.
July 22nd – Atlanta, the second round. John Isner , playing his first match since the heroic Wimbledon appearance, beats Gilles Muller  in the battle of big servers 4-6 7-6 7-6, saving a match point in both tie-breaks (the American will win a match in a similar style against Lukasz Kubot a few months later). Isner serves 33 aces, Muller – 29. But it is Muller who wins more points (117-110). Isner is beaten in the final by Mardy Fish 6-4 4-6 6-7, for whom that marks his career-best, 10th win in a row.
August 1st – Los Angeles, the final. Bob Bryan and Mike Bryan made history as they won the record-breaking 62nd tour-level doubles title together, with a 6-7 6-2 [10-7] victory over Eric Butorac and Jean-Julien Rojer. The 32-year-old identical twins broke the record of Todd Woodbridge and Mark Woodforde, who was present during the final, awarding the twins with the trophy. “For many, many years you’ve been traveling in elite company. Thanks to the victory today you’re in rarefied air. The floodgates will open entirely, so I know 70, 80 will come,” Woodforde said. Two weeks later, the Bryans become, for the 11th time in their careers, the best doubles players in the world, and surpass Woodbridge’s record (second best) of most weeks on the top of the ranking (the Australian was there 204 weeks in total).
August 1st – Los Angeles, the final. Sam Querrey  powers past Andy Murray  5-7 7-6 6-3, after saving a match point in the 2nd set. Querrey also saved a match point in the second set of his semifinal against Janko Tipsarevic, and came back from a 1:5 deficit in the tie-break, and 1:3 in the 3rd set, to win 6-7 7-6 6-4. The American barely escaped in his quarterfinal match against Rainer Schuettler (6-2 3-6 7-6) too – the German was serving twice to win the match. Querrey wins the 4th tournament in 2010 on the fourth different surface. In the previous decade, this feat was achieved only by Roger Federer (five times!) and Andy Roddick.
September 11th – US Open, the semifinal. Novak Djokovic  prohibits Roger Federer  from reaching the 7th straight US Open final. Djokovic saves a double match point at 4:5 (15/40) on serve in the 5th set: the first one with an inside-outside drive-volley, the second one with a cross-court forehand, and wins 5-7 6-1 5-7 6-2 7-5. Djokovic comments: “I just knew I have to be patient and not lose my emotions too much, because that was the case in the past where I was losing the momentum with him. He uses that nervousness of the opponent. He feels it.”
September 13th – US Open, the final. In the rain-postponed match, Rafael Nadal  completes his career Grand Slam, defeating Novak Djokovic  6-4 5-7 6-4 6-2 in 3 hours and 43 minutes (one minute less than Djokovic’s semifinal against Federer). The match is interrupted by rain for two hours with Djokovic serving at 4:4 (30 all) in the 2nd set. It is Nadal’s first win over Djokovic after 3 consecutive defeats. “I’m still 24. For me, it’s a dream to have the career Grand Slam, but this is more a dream to have the US Open. It’s an unbelievable feeling because I worked a lot all my life, in all difficult moments to be here, but I never imagined to have the four Grand Slams,” says Nadal – the second Spaniard in the Open era, after Manuel Orantes (1975), to win the US Open.
October 1st & 3rd – Paris, Champions Tour. 50-year-old Ivan Lendl plays his first tournament matches since retiring in 1994. Lendl loses to his old rivals: Mats Wilander 4-6 3-6, and two days later, to John McEnroe 4-6 2-3 ret (calf muscle). “I’m not disappointed. It’s just a process. You cannot not play and then all of a sudden play great. I think the crowd enjoyed the match – Mats hit a lot of good shots and I think they had a good time. I’m going to rest tomorrow to make sure I’m fit for Sunday and hopefully I’ll play a bit better then,” says Lendl after the loss to Wilander.
October 2nd – Bangkok, the semifinal. Rafael Nadal , after winning easily the 1st set against fellow Spaniard Guillermo Garcia-Lopez , wastes 16 break points in the first three games of the 2nd set (!), and loses the match 6-2 6-7 3-6… Garcia-Lopez manages to convert his only break point in the 3rd set. “He never gave in. I gave up too many chances. It was one of those matches – I probably have one like that every two years,” says Nadal. Garcia-Lopez comments: “Everything was moving so fast. I knew that if I thought about beating Rafa Nadal, I’d have a problem so I tried not to think about it.” On the following day GGL captures the title.
October 26th – Vienna, the first round. 43-year-old Thomas Muster , after getting some confidence in the Challengers (1-6 record since his comeback), receives a “wild card” in his homeland, to become the oldest participant in an ATP tournament since Jimmy Connors in 1996. Muster plays a decent match, but loses to his compatriot, “lucky loser” Andreas Haider-Maurer , 2-6 6-7. Haider-Maurer is about to become the seventh “lucky loser” title winner six days later, when he has a break point at 4:2 in the 2nd set against Jurgen Melzer , and serves to win the event at 5:4. Eventually, Melzer prevails 6-7 7-6 6-4 in the first all-Austrian final in Vienna since 1988 when… Muster was beaten by Horst Skoff. Melzer had a “bye” in the first round, and got a walkover in the quarterfinals, which makes him the first player since 1998 (Marcelo Rios in Munich) to take the title with only three wins.
October 28th – Montpellier, the second round. Jarkko Nieminen  edges Richard Gasquet  4-6 7-6 6-2. Nieminen saves a triple match point in the tie-break; one day before, the Finn fought off a match point in the 2nd set as well, against Gasquet’s compatriot – Florent Serra – 6-7 7-5 6-1. It is the second time that Nieminen has won back-to-back matches after saving match points (!). Previously, he did it in Basel in 2007.
November 4th – Valencia, the second round. Nikolay Davydenko  improves to 2-6 his negative H2H record with Juan Igancio Chela , beating him 7-6 6-2. The Russian wins his first tie-break, after losing 13 in a row! It is an astonishing streak, given that Davydenko led in the tie-break ranking in the previous year with the best percentage (18-5… 78%) and had a period, between Hamburg ’09 and Doha ’10, when he had won 17 out of 18 tie-breaks he played.
November 13th – Paris, the semifinals. The most dramatic Saturday in the history of ‘Masters Series’ tournaments. In the first semifinal, Robin Soderling  erases a *4:5 (15/30) deficit in the 2nd set against Michael Llodra , then leads 4:2 in the 3rd set with a chance for a double break, but six games later, is forced to save three match points at 5:6 (that game went to ‘deuce’ nine times!). In the final tie-break, Soderling leads 5:2, 6:5, to eventually convert his second match point and beat the Frenchman 6-7 7-5 7-6. In the other semifinal, Gael Monfils  delights the Parisian crowd with a stunning triumph over Roger Federer  7-6 6-7 7-6. The Frenchman saves a set point in the first tie-break and comes back from ‘1:4’ down in the 3rd set, then survives five match points in the 12th game! Federer loses 5 out of his last 6 tie-breaks in the final set, and suffers his fourth defeat of 2010, being one point away from victory. “I went to the limits of myself,” says Monfils, who saved also two match points in the third round against Fernando Verdasco, “I feel better and better as the tournament goes on. I ran out of juice a little bit at the start of the third set but the fans were there, they pushed me and I kept believing.” In the final Soderling defeats Monfils easily.
November 28th – London, ATP World Tour Finals, the final. Roger Federer‘s  resurgence – the Swiss wins the tournament in impressive style, beating four Top 5 players within a week, in back-to-back matches! After the straight sets victories over Andy Murray , Robin Soderling  and Novak Djokovic , Federer loses a set to Rafael Nadal , but beats him with ease anyway, 6-3 3-6 6-1, clinching his 5th ‘Masters’ title (the first one in the recent three years).
December 5th – Belgrade, Davis Cup, the final. France leads against Serbia 2-1 after the first two days, but on Sunday, players born in Belgrade, Novak Djokovic  and Viktor Troicki  give an athletic immortality to their nation in front of the ecstatic home crowd. First, Djokovic demolishes Gael Monfils  6-2 6-2 6-4, then Troicki, mainly thanks to his fantastic passing-shots, with even greater ease, outplays a “dormant” Michael Llodra  6-2 6-2 6-3. After the triumph, Serbs celebrate the biggest success in national sport history, by shaving their heads!
<<< STATISTCIAL SUMMARY >>>
69 tournaments, there were 36 different winners from 16 countries:
7 – Rafael Nadal
5 – Roger Federer
4 – Sam Querrey
3 – Juan Carlos Ferrero
2 – Nicolas Almagro, Juan Ignacio Chela, Marin Cilic, Novak Djokovic, David Ferrer, Mardy Fish, Michael Llodra, Albert Montanes, Andy Murray, Andy Roddick, Robin Soderling, Sergiy Stakhovsky, Fernando Verdasco, Mikhail Youzhny
1 – Marcos Baghdatis, Thomaz Bellucci, Nikolay Davydenko, Guillermo Garcia-Lopez, Richard Gasquet, Andrey Golubev, Ernests Gulbis, Lleyton Hewitt, John Isner, Mikhail Kukushkin, Ivan Ljubicic, Feliciano Lopez, Jurgen Melzer, Gael Monfils, David Nalbandian, Gilles Simon, Viktor Troicki, Stanislas Wawrinka
Most matches won:
71 – Rafael Nadal
68 – Roger Federer
61 – Novak Djokovic
60 – David Ferrer
57 – Robin Soderling
Longest winning streaks:
24 – Rafael Nadal
14 – Juan Carlos Ferrero
13 – Nikolay Davydenko *
12 – Roger Federer
11 – Mardy Fish
* Began his streak in 2009 (4 wins)
First time winners: (5)
20 – Mikhail Kukushkin (St. Petersburg)
36 – Andrey Golubev (Hamburg)
43 – John Isner (Auckland)
67 – Ernests Gulbis (Delray Beach)
78 – Viktor Troicki (Moscow)
Singles & doubles winners: (3)
Sam Querrey (Memphis), Michael Llodra (Marseille), Juan Ignacio Chela (Bucharest)
Wild card winners: (3)
Robin Soderling (Rotterdam), Fernando Verdasco (Barcelona), David Nalbandian (Washington)
Qualifying winners: none (finalists – Pablo Andujar in Bucharest, Mischa Zverev in Metz)
Lucky loser winners: none (finalists – Andreas Haider-Maurer in Vienna, Marcel Granollers in Valencia)
Oldest winner: Juan Ignacio Chela (Bucharest) – 31 years, 27 days
Youngest winner: Marin Cilic (Chennai) – 21 years, 3 months
Lowest ranked winner: David Nalbandian – No. 117 (Washington)
Longest final (in time; games): 3 hours 43 minutes; 40 games
Rafael Nadal d. Novak Djokovic 6-4, 5-7, 6-4, 6-2 – US Open
Shortest final (in time): 56 minutes
Sergiy Stakhovsky d. Janko Tipsarevic 6-3, 6-0 – ‘s-Hertogenbosch
Shortest final (in games): 13 games
Juan Carlos Ferrero d. Lukasz Kubot 6-1, 6-0 – Costa do Sauipe
Longest matches (best of 5):
11 hrs, 5 min. John Isner d. Nicolas Mahut 6-4, 3-6, 6-7, 7-6, 70-68 (Wimbledon)
4 hrs, 59 min. Kei Nishikori d. Marin Cilic 5-7, 7-6, 3-6, 7-6, 6-1 (US Open)
4 hrs, 56 min. Lukas Lacko d. Michael Yani 4-6, 7-6, 7-6, 6-7, 12-10 (Roland Garros)
Longest matches (best of 3):
3 hrs. 25 min. Stanislas Wawrinka d. Viktor Troicki 7-5, 6-7, 7-6 (Belgrade)
3 hrs. 25 min. Nicolas Massu d. Ryan Sweeting 6-7, 7-6, 6-4 (Houston)
3 hrs. 22 min. Novak Djokovic d. Mikhail Youzhny 7-5, 5-7, 6-3 (Dubai)
Michael Berrer d. Arnaud Clement 7-6(16), 4-6, 6-4 – Rotterdam
Juan Carlos Ferrero d. Pere Riba 7-6, 6-7(13), 6-2, 6-2 – Roland Garros
Nicolas Almagro d. Xavier Malisse 7-6(12), 6-4, 2-6, 4-6, 8-6 – Australian Open
Longest tie-break in the deciding set:
James Blake d. Marc Gicquel 6-3, 3-6, 7-6(8) – Brisbane
Most match points saved:
7 m.p. – John Isner d. Lukasz Kubot 4-6, 7-6(9), 7-6(7) – Shanghai
Most aces served (best of 5):
113 – John Isner, 5 sets, defeated Nicolas Mahut (Wimbledon)
103 – Nicolas Mahut, 5 sets, lost to John Isner (Wimblesdon)
38 – Andy Roddick, 5 sets, lost to Yen -Hsun Lu (Wimbledon)
Most aces served (best of 3):
33 – John Isner, 3 sets, defeated Gilles Muller (Atlanta)
32 – Sam Querrey, 3 sets, lost to Andy Roddick (San Jose)
32 – Ivo Karlovic, 2 sets, defeated Benjamin Becker (Memphis)
Match point(s) saved title winners: (6)
– Nikolay Davydenko, saved 2 m.p. F (against R.Nadal) – Doha
– John Isner, saved 1 m.p. F (against A.Clement) – Auckland
– Sam Querrey, saved 1 m.p. F (against J.Isner) – Belgrade
– Sam Querrey, saved 1 m.p. SF (against J.Tipsarevic) & 1 m.p. F (against A.Murray) – Los Angeles
– Rafael Nadal, saved 2 m.p. SF (against V.Troicki) – Tokyo
– Robin Soderling, saved 3 m.p. SF (against M.Llodra) – Paris
Most tie-breaks won:
1. John Isner 34-18
2. Andy Roddick 23-17
3. Rafael Nadal 22-7
4. Roger Federer 21-10
5. Nicolas Almagro 21-17
Best tie-breakers by percentage (at least 10 played):
1. Pablo Cuevas 15-2 (.882)
2. Mardy Fish 20-5 (.800)
3. Rafael Nadal 22-7 (759)
4. Julien Benneteau 15-6 (.714)
5. Juan Monaco 13-6 (.684)
Most aces served:
1. John Isner – 1,048
2. Andy Roddick – 815
3. Robin Soderling – 739
4. Sam Querrey – 709
5. Roger Federer – 658
Aces by percentage:
1. John Isner – 17.4
2. Andy Roddick – 12.3
3. Sam Querrey – 11.8
4. Mardy Fish – 10.9
5. Robin Soderling – 9.8
Qualifying leader: 9 – Kevin Anderson
11 – The Bryans
7 – Daniel Nestor, Nenad Zimonjic
5 – Horia Tecau
4 – Robert Lindstedt
Most matches won:
Bob Bryan – 68
Most match points saved:
10 m.p. – Eric Butorac/JJ.Rojer d. Marcelo Melo/Bruno Soares 6-7(2), 7-6(8), [12-10], Tokyo *
Lukasz Kubot/Oliver Marach d. Fabio Fognini/Potito Starace 6-0, 6-0, Acapulco
Sergey Stakhovsky/Mikhail Youzhny d. Yen-Hsun Lu/Janko Tipsarevic 7-6(12), 7-6, US Open
Longest super tie-break:
Frantisek Cermak/Michal Mertinak d. Pablo Cuevas/Eduardo Schwank 6-3, 3-6, [22-20], Hamburg **
Match tie-break leaders (by percentage):
Rohan Bopanna/Aisam-Ul-Haq Qureshi 17-3 (.850)
* It’s the record of match points saved for a super tie-break match: Botorac/Rojer trailed in the 2nd set *4:5 (15/40) & 5:6 (0/40) which makes 7 match points; *6:7 in the tie-break and 8:9*, 9:10 in the super tie-break!
** Second longest super tie-break in history: the Czech-Slovakian pair saved five match points at: 9:10, 13:14, 15:16, 17:18, 19:20, all of them on serve