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Points won by each set: | 41-35, 26-16, 41-36 |
Points won directly behind the serve:
47 % Federer – 44 of 93
49 % Philippoussis – 50 of 102

# Federer’s first major triumph in his 17th Grand Slam appearance. Their second match in 2003, a few months before Philippoussis won in Hamburg on clay in three sets. Federer was forced to play just one ‘deuce’ in his 16 service games. He broke his opponent to build a 4:0 lead in the 2nd set, and wasted break points in two different games of the following set.

Federer’s route to his 9th title:
1 Hyung-Taik Lee 6-3, 6-3, 7-6(2)
2 Stefan Koubek 7-5, 6-1, 6-1
3 Mardy Fish 6-3, 6-1, 4-6, 6-1
4 Feliciano Lopez 7-6(5), 6-4, 6-4
Q Sjeng Schalken 6-3, 6-4, 6-4
S Andy Roddick 7-6(6), 6-3, 6-3
W Mark Philippoussis 7-6(5), 6-2, 7-6(3)

# Comparison of other greatest Open era players:
5th – Bjorn Borg (French Open ’74)
6th – Rafael Nadal (French Open ’05)
8th – Pete Sampras (US Open ’90)
13th – Novak Djokovic (Aussie Open ’08)
18th – Ivan Lendl (French Open ’84)

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