Louis Armstrong Stadium: Youzhny  was trying to dictate the pace with more aggressive forehand than his usual, and it paid off in the end. Two games were very important in the process when Nadal  wasted a 40/0 lead as a receiver: first it happened at 3-all in the opener, then at 5:4 in the 3rd set, so he squandered a triple set point. He also led 5:4* in the tie-break, but the skilful Russian took the last three points which allowed him to play without pressure in the 4th set – everything worked in his favor, and he almost bagelled the Spaniard, who showed signs of belief winning a game to enter the scoreboard in the 4th set… Youzhny was one of Nadal’s toughest opponents in the first few years when the Spaniard became a top player. There was only 6:4 for him in their H2H, but Nadal improved his serve around 2010, and it was a crucial factor for the rest of their encounters; 13-4 in the end with Youzhny having no chance in the last seven meetings (stolen just one set).
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