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  1. Voo de Mar says:
    Points won by each set: | 39-35, 33-26, 40-38, 29-23 |
    Points won directly behind the serve:
    18 % Ferrer – 23 of 124
    21 % Nadal – 30 of 139

    The 3-hour 28-minute night session match (finished before 2 a.m.) on Arthur Ashe Stadium which changed the course of Ferrer’s career (his first appearance on this huge arena). The 25-year-old Spaniard was known (for two seasons) as a solid Top 20 player, mainly associated with clay-courts, very patient from the baseline & ambitious, always fighting to the end. In the New York encounter against his famous compatriot, Ferrer [15] showed a new self, namely that he could be aggressive with his serve & forehand, eager to attack the net…. In the end it was a shocker, especially that the 1st set turned to be unfortunate for Ferrer – he was winning his games easier and led 6:5* (30-all). Nadal [2] raced to a *2:0 lead in the 2nd set, so it seemed like a repeat of their French Open ’05 quarterfinal when Nadal won 7-5, 6-2, 6-0. Ferrer broke three times in a row (!) playing fearless tennis. In the 4th set, Nadal suggested some problems with his left hand & foot, but as always, he was trying his best despite the pain – Ferrer didn’t care, took his chances and prevailed celebrating on his back. The tie-breaks: 3/7, 7/4. In the aftermath of that meeting, to the end of his career, Ferrer was similarly efficient on clay & hardcourts.

    Serve & volley: Ferrer 1/1, Nadal 0
  2. Voo de Mar says:
    Four years later, Ferrer defeats Nadal also in Melbourne, becoming one of a few players to defeat the legend at two different major venues

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