uo13gasquet.ferrer

uo13gasquet.ferrer

Points won by each set: [ 30-25, 30-17, 29-36, 25-35, 28-24 ]
Points won directly behind the serve:
19 % Gasquet – 28 of 143
16 % Ferrer – 22 of 136

Six years waited Gasquet [9] for his second opportunity to play in a Grand Slam quarterfinal, and just like six years before he made an upset (at Wimbledon ’07 he won an amazing match vs Roddick) in a five-set battle. The 27-year-old Frenchman had lost 12 consecutive sets to Ferrer [4] including a straight sets loss at the US Open ’12, so he knew that he had to change something to give himself a chance. And he started that quarterfinal like there was no tomorrow, increasing the speed of his serve and groundstrokes – everything perfectly worked until the beginning of the 3rd set, when his energy level dropped. Ferrer raced through the 4th set to even the score at two sets apiece, and when he had a break point at 1-all in the decider, it seemed that Gasquet could suffer another defeat blowing a 5-set lead. Gasquet saved that vital break point with the help of his formidable backhand, and made the crucial break leading 3:2. He converted his first match point with a forehand winner after 3 hours 23 minutes.

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