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  1. Voo de Mar says:
    Points won by each set: | 39-43, 40-36, 38-31 |
    Points won directly behind the serve:
    10 % Nadal – 12 of 112
    5 % Gasquet – 6 of 115

    The Nadal-Gasquet H2H is the most one-sided of the Open Era (Nadal leads 18:0, never being really close to lose to the Frenchman), but after their Monte Carlo clash, which was their second main-level meeting, a great rivalry for another ~10 years could be expected. Nadal [17] failed to serve the 1st set out at 5:4 & 6:5. The ensuing tie-break was very atypical – noone won a point on serve until 6-all! Gasquet [101] took it 8/6 and jumped to a 2:0* lead in the 2nd set – Nadal won another five games, but Gasquet cut the deficit to *4:5 (30-all). The Frenchman also began the decider with a break, but he was struggling with his back and left leg. Despite the pain he was hitting winners all over the place. He wasted 4 break points at 2-all and another one at 3-all (for a moment he thought he won the game after risky BH down the line) before succumbing. Nadal celebrated the 2-hour 45-minute victory on his back. Two years later he defeated Gasquet 3-6, 6-3, 6-4 having more control over the last two sets. After their initial five meetings, Gasquet had won 4 sets and has lost 34 in succession.

    Serve & volley: Nadal 1/1, Gasquet 6/11

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