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  1. Voo de Mar says:
    Points won by each set: [ 33-24, 22-32, 39-37 ]
    Points won directly on serve:
    25 % Blake – 24 of 95
    27 % Andreev – 25 of 92

    The best period in Blake’s career. Between Washington ’05 & Miami ’06 he won 39 out of 50 matches collecting 4 titles, and achieving his best Grand Slam (quarter-final) & Masters 1K (final) results. The confidence was so high that in the ‘day session’ final he overcame a ridiculous 0-7 record in deciding 3rd set tie-breaks. He did it against very bad player under those circumstances, however, at the time the Russian [26] had been often winning tight matches. Blake’s [23] win was even more valuable because he trailed 4:5* (15-all) in the decider, not breaking his opponent since the end of the 1st set. He broke back with the help of aggressive backhand returns. “I’m now just looking forward to playing with a lot of confidence as I did today,” Blake said. “To get a win like that really does help my confidence to know that I can win really close matches.” Next year he defends his title, overcoming Moya 6-3, 5-7, 6-1 in the ‘night session’ final.

    Blake’s route to his 4th title:
    1 Davide Sanguinetti 7-6(4), 6-4
    2 Carlos Moya w/o [hip flexor]
    Q Arnaud Clement 3-6, 6-1, 6-4
    S Nikolay Davydenko 6-4, 6-2
    W Igor Andreev 6-2, 3-6, 7-6(3)

    Serve & volley: Blake 0/2, Andreev 0

    # In his last three matches Blake defeated players he has the best H2Hs against them – Clement (8-0), Davydenko (7-1) & Andreev (6-0).
    I cannot explain why he was so successful against Davydenko.

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