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Points won by each set: [ 25-35, 29-23, 45-43 ]
Points won directly behind the serve:
31 % Del Potro – 31 of 97
19 % Nadal – 20 of 103

Del Potro hadn’t played competitive tennis for almost two full seasons (just two events in the meantime) and when he finally came back in February ’16, he was ranked No. 1042! Of course the first events after the comeback weren’t impressive, but he showed sings of approaching to his high form defeating Wawrinka (already two-time GS champion) at Wimbledon. Afterwards he rested one month, and at the Olympics in Rio de Janeiro he stunned the main favourite to the gold medal Djokovic in the first round, therefore in the semifinal he could expect some chances against much higher ranked opponent [5 vs 141] to whom had lost majority of meetings. The forehand of DelPo worked awesome that day and he was serving to win the contest at 5:4 in the 3rd set, but was broken to love; in the following game he wasted a triple mini-match point, but stayed calm. In the tie-break Nadal saved the first match point with a BH passing-shot, but at *5:6 sent his forehand wide despite wrong-footing DelPo. The match lasted 3 hours 8 minutes (eight minutes longer than their previous match concluded in the deciding tie-break, Miami ’09).

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