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Points won by each set: [ 36-25, 34-23, 23-36, 33-22 ]
Points won directly behind the serve:
21 % Nadal – 24 of 111
18 % Murray – 22 of 121

Nadal [2] avenged a four-set semifinal defeat to Murray [4] on the same court (US Open ’08), but the revenge wasn’t so dramatic even though the match-time was very similar. Because of persistent rain they both played their third day-by-day match. Perhaps the fact Murray spent 1.5 hours more on the courts combining Thursday & Friday, contributed to the final outcome. The Scot had break points to lead in all sets he lost: 1 BP at 3:2 in the opener, 2 BPs at 1:0 in the 2nd set and 1 BP at 1-all in the 4th. In the 3rd set he broke for the first time leading 1:0, and got the crucial break at 4:3. Murray displayed all his best shots in the last set (a 4-minute toilet break for the Scot before), however, it was enough to steal only two games from the defending champion… It was their third semifinal in third consecutive Grand Slam event – Nadal won them all (3-0 in Paris, 3-1 in London).

Their three four-set Grand Slam semifinals:
US Open ’08: Murray d. Nadal 6-2, 7-6, 4-6, 6-4… 3 hours 30 minutes… Total points: 149-126
Wimbledon ’11: Nadal d. Murray 5-7, 6-2, 6-2, 6-4… 2 hours 59 minutes… Total points: 118-98
US Open ’11: Nadal d. Murray 6-4, 6-2, 3-6, 6-2… 3 hours 24 minutes… Total points: 126-106

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