mc11nadal_ferrer

Points won by each set: [ 44-39, 37-33 ]
Points won directly on serve:
13 % Nadal – 11 of 83
7 % Ferrer – 5 of 70

There was a thin chance that Ferrer [6] would make a big upset defeating the king of clay because he had easily won their previous encounter (Aus Open quarter-final) two months before & Nadal could be possibly a bit tired after 3-hour semifinal vs Murray. Ferrer’s parents and his brother came to Monaco to support him. It was a different surface in France though, moreover Nadal wasn’t 100% fit in Melbourne. Nonetheless the older Spaniard played very good final from start to finish, especially at the net. Nadal [1] had to work hard in all his service games in the opener being forced to play ten ‘deuces’ in four games; once he escaped from 15/40, then from 0/40. After the amazingly long ten-game opener, the intensity dropped, Nadal quite easily went to 4:2*, lost three straight games to win the final three. He became the first man in the Open Era to collect seven successive titles in the same event. # Ferrer finished his career with a 1-6 record in Masters 1K finals, he lost the first two against Nadal.

Nadal’s route to his 44th title:
2 Jarkko Nieminen 6-2, 6-2
3 Richard Gasquet 6-2, 6-4
Q Ivan Ljubicic 6-1, 6-3
S Andy Murray 6-4, 2-6, 6-1
W David Ferrer 6-4, 7-5

Serve & volley: Nadal 0, Ferrer 0

# Comparison of their two Masters 1K finals:
Rome ’10: Nadal d. Ferrer 7-5, 6-2… 1 hour 44 minutes… Total points: 77-59
M.C. ’11: Nadal d. Ferrer 6-4, 7-5… 2 hours 17 minutes… Total points: 81-72

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