vienna02federer_novak

Points won by each set: [ 36-28, 35-22, 23-33, 29-26 ]
Points won directly behind the serve:
25 % Federer – 29 of 116
22 % Novak – 26 of 116

The times when the young Federer [13] still aspired to be a serve-and-volley player, but in that match he was only 12/27 implementing that style (Novak 1/3). He broke at the end of sets 1 & 4 (in the 1st set already had a set point at 5:2, then Novak had a point to level at 5 games apiece). The Czech led *1:0 (40/15) in the 2nd set when unexpectedly lost six straight games. A dead net-cord helped Federer to convert the first match point. The first of their three finals within a year… In the Austrian capital, Federer regained his form after very disappointing Summer performances on grass and American hardcourts.

Federer’s route to his 4th title:
1 Zeljko Krajan 7-5, 6-1
2 Tommy Robredo 6-2, 6-7(5), 6-4
Q Bohdan Ulihrach 6-3, 6-3
S Carlos Moya 6-2, 6-3
W Jiri Novak 6-4, 6-1, 3-6, 6-4

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