uo02schalken_gonzalez

uo02schalken_gonzalez

Points won by each set: [ 38-42, 34-20, 38-27, 39-41, 36-32 ]
Points won directly behind the serve:
38 % Schalken – 67 of 176
29 % Gonzalez – 51 of 171

If Gonzalez [28] had won the deciding tie-break it could have been one of the most dramatic wins in the US Open history as he was 1, 2 & 3 point(s) from losing the tie-break sets (if he won the final tie-break). The 22-year-old Chilean trailed *5:6 (15/40) & 1:5 in the opening tie-break, and *3:5 in the 4th set tie-break (Schalken committed his both double faults in it). The Dutchman [25] somehow held his nerves despite blown chances and easily took the deciding tie-break in a no-deuce set. He was under big pressure because his 5-set record at 5-all situations in the 5th sets was very bad at the time (1-5). That match turned the mental tables for him though, and he won 7 of his last 8 five-setters. The key to Schalken’s success lied in Gonzalez’s forehand – fantastic shot throughout the match which abandoned him in the decider at returns from ‘deuce-court’.

…6-7(5), 6-3, 6-3, 6-7(5), 7-6(2) after 3 hours 42 minutes… Schalken won 7 straight games between *2:3 in 2nd and 3:0 in 3rd set!

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