uo04johansson_roddick

uo04johansson_roddick

Points won by each set: [ 33-28, 30-32, 16-31, 16-31, 33-30 ]
Points won directly behind the serve:
34 % Johansson – 56 of 162
62 % Roddick – 74 of 118

One of the most bizarre five-setters as far as the latter stages of majors are concerned. It’s really incredible looking at the service stats that none of those five sets went even to 5-all. It’s also pretty remarkable that defending champion A-Rod [2], who was serving like a god [62% of his serves were unreturned (!); in the middle of the match he had won 28 (!) consecutive points on serve], lost his serve thrice against an opponent with a backhand hole. But credit to Pim-Pim [30], who was playing his first five-setter. His serve was tremendous too, especially under pressure, and he clearly outplayed his American peer in the forehand department. The Swede saved break points at the beginning of all sets he won, he also withstood a mini-match point at 4-all in the decider as he attacked the net and Roddick’s backhand hit the netcord. In the last game on third match point, Roddick made another backhand error, that time sending the ball behind the baseline.

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