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  1. Voo de Mar says:
    Points won by each set: | 24-28, 37-28, 20-32, 29-15, 48-46 |
    Points won directly behind the serve:
    27 % Haas – 46 of 169
    28 % Blake – 39 of 138

    Blake [6] was a US Open star in the second week of the event for the third and last time. He lost quarterfinals in the years 2005-06, it seemed he would reach his first major semifinal in 2007. He had won a preparation event in New Haven; facing Haas [10], against whom he had a positive record (never lost at the time to the quarterfinal opponent Davydenko), he was on an 8-match winning streak, and what’s even more important, he had won 7 straight tie-breaks and the first five-setter (against Santoro) snapping a 9-match losing streak in five-setters. He had finally an aura of a strong mentally player, and was on his way to win another dramatic encounter as he came back from a *2:4 (30/40) deficit in the decider. Unfortunately for him and big group of his devoted fans (J-Block), when almost a copy of the Santoro match happened, his demons haunted him again as he led 5:4* in the decider. He had three match points in the longest (5-deuce) game of the match – Haas saved each of them quickly with the help of powerful serves (two service winners). During the change of ends at 6:5 Blake, Haas wore a red shirt (he was playing in white) and won 11 of the last 17 points clinching the tie-break 7/4 taking advantage of Blake’s poor shot selection # It was Blake’s second 5th set tie-break defeat within three US Open editions in front of the packed Arthur Ashe stadium.

    # Comparison of Blake’s two defeats in deciding 5th set tie-breaks:
    2005 (QF): Agassi d. Blake 3-6, 3-6, 6-3, 6-3, 7-6… 2 hours 51 minutes… 162-156 total points… 14 breaks
    2007 (4R): Haas d. Blake 4-6, 6-4, 3-6, 6-0, 7-6… 3 hours 16 minutes… 158-149 total points… 13 breaks

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