Roger Federer loses without getting broken: it's the third time it happens

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Roger Federer loses without getting broken: it's the third time it happens

There were a lot of interesting numbers behind Novak Djokovic's win over Roger Federer at the Rolex Paris Masters. One of them is definitely that Federer had his third longest match ever in the best of three sets, three hours and two minutes.

The other two came both in Miami to Albert Costa in 2003 (3 hours and 12 minutes) and to Nick Kyrgios in 2007 (3 hours and 10 minutes). It was Federer's third loss ever where he never got broken. It previously happened in 2008 Cincinnati (l.

to Ivo Karlovic 76 46 76) and 2015 Paris Masters (l. to John Isner 7-6 3-6 7-6). This was the longest clash between Djokovic and Federer at the best of three sets. The longest one was two hours and 22 minutes. It was their sixth match overall lasting more than three hours.

Djokovic won five on six. Also, Djokovic won the third match on three against Federer that ended on the third set tie-break. The Serb had prevailed in 2007 Canada final 7-6(2) 2-6 7-6(2) and 2014 Indian Wells final 3-6 6-3 7-6(3).

For the sixth time in career, Federer ended a match with Djokovic without getting broken. It had already happened in 2015 Cincinnati and Dubai finals, 2014 Shanghai semis, 2014 Monte Carlo semis, 2012 Cincinnati final. But all these matches had ended in straight sets.

The Rolex Paris Masters semifinals against Federer marked just the second match in Djokovic's entire career where the Serb has won without breaking serve. The previous ones came in 2015 Paris against Tomas Berdych winning 7-6 (3) 7-6 (8).

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