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Old 12-04-2011, 04:14 PM   #540
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Originally Posted by Bud View Post
Thanks M! BTW, great to see Nadal win another DC title with Spain!
Fantastic. It's also the first time that Nadal won the rubber that clinched it

Originally Posted by Bud View Post
I have mixed feelings about career 5-set matches. For those with high numbers of 5th set matches, it seem to hint that they can't get long matches done in 3 or 4 sets. On the other hand, it shows they are a fighter if they were down 0-2 and come back to win

Be interesting to hear Mustard's take on large numbers of career 5-set matches (Hewitt for example).
You sum it up pretty well. Guys like Hewitt and Safin have a tendency to have a lot of dramatic matches that go into fifth sets. Hewitt is well known as a fighter, who would get more tenacious even if his playing level dropped off a bit for parts of the match. Safin's reputation is a bit more mixed. Nevertheless, Safin seemed to thrive in fifth sets because if he got that far, then he's in the mood to win.
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