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  1. Voo de Mar says:
    Points won by each set: | 23-32, 47-37, 38-30, 28-20 |
    Points won directly behind the serve:
    24 % Nalbandian – 27 of 112
    30 % Federer – 44 of 143

    Arthur Ashe Stadium: Federer [2] – the fresh Wimbledon champion – was among favorites to the US Open title, but already in the 4th round he faced his nemesis, Nalbandian [13]. The Argentinian knew exactly how to play against his more gifted opponent and notched his fifth consecutive win against him at the main level (he also defeated Federer in the US Open ’98 junior final). The 2nd set was crucial, Nalbandian led 5:0* but Federer managed to erase the double-break deficit saving set points in two games on serve. He lost the tie-break 1/7 though, and when he lost another set leading 4:3* he succumbed – Nalbandian grabbed 9 out of the last 12 games, which were played under the floodlights.

    Serve & volley: Nalbandian 3/4, Federer 16/39

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