Points won by each set: | 35-28, 35-24, 38-39 |
Points won directly behind the serve:
16 % Nadal – 16 of 95
19 % Ljubicic – 20 of 104
The 27-year-old Ljubicic  finally reached a major semifinal in his 27th attempt (and never repeated it), at the venue he was the least expected. Nadal  took the first two sets without any troubles, but the Croat improved his serve in the 3rd set (8 of 10 aces), held six times easily, and led 5:3 in the tie-break (which he lost 7/9) when risked his second serve 215 kph but missed. At the end of the tie-break Nadal fired two aces.