cincy07federer_blake

Points won by each set: [ 32-21, 33-27 ]
Points won directly on serve:
39 % Federer – 26 of 66
19 % Blake – 9 of 47

Blake [8] played three big finals in his career (Indian Wells ’06 ~ Shanghai-Masters ’06 ~ Cincinnati ’07), and every time in those finals he was destructed by Federer [1], who was almost unbeatable on hard courts then. It’s a pity because in other matches against Federer during that period, Blake was able to deliver better tennis, even beating the Swiss once (Olympics ’08) after eight consecutive defeats. The 26-year-old Federer raised both arms in celebration after his ninth ace (off second serve) which gave him the title and, in his words, “a very special number.” Bjorn Borg won his 50th title when he was 23 years, 7 months old. Jimmy Connors was four months older when he got to the mark. John McEnroe and Ivan Lendl were 25 when they did it.

Federer’s route to his 50th title:
2 Julien Benneteau 6-3, 6-3
3 Marcos Baghdatis 7-6(5), 7-5
Q Nicolas Almagro 6-3, 3-6, 6-2
S Lleyton Hewitt 6-3, 6-7(7), 7-6(1)
W James Blake 6-1, 6-4

# Federer wasted a match point in the tie-break against Hewitt, and trailed 2:3* in the 3rd set

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