uo12ferrer_tipsarevic

Points won by each set: [ 31-23, 43-42, 21-30, 31-24, 47-40 ]
Points won directly behind the serve:
23 % Ferrer – 40 of 168
25 % Tipsarevic – 41 of 164

A few days ago 36-year-old Ferrer [148] retired in the US Open ’18 first round and said that he’d play just a few events more in 2019…
Because of that I think it’s pretty safe to write that in the US Open ’12 he played his third longest match producing one of the biggest comebacks in his very long career (trailed *1:4, 0/30 in the decider when hit the line with his second serve) also manufacturing his second career-best in aces… Tipsarevic [9] was perhaps playing his best tennis between the end of the 2nd set and the mid of the 4th set. He saved four mini-set points at 5-all in the 2nd set (two forehand winners, two service winners), broke at 2-all in the 3rd after the longest game of the match (four deuces; finished the game with 3 backhand winners!). He wasted a double break point at 1-all in the 4th set; 3-all later on… There was a 7-minute break before the 5th set because the Serb needed a treatment to his ankle. He led with a break, then was two points away from advancement to the semifinal leading 5:4* (30/15) – Ferrer [5] got three consecutive points. In the last few games Tipsarevic was playing with pain in his right groin.

The last Grand Slam quarterfinal (so far) involving two under 180 cm players: Ferrer (175 cm) and Tipsarevic (178 cm)

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