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There was a brief moment of hope for Federer's many fans as he nailed his first service break of the final and levelled at 2-2.
From the second to the seventh games there were six service breaks in a row.
And so it proved as a match of numerous service breaks went the way of Janowicz 6-3 6-3 7-6 (7-5).
Shrewd punters will also cover Betdaq's 11/4 for a four-set Federer triumph while the likelihood of few service breaks suggests the contest could produce a total of more than 38 games (5/6, Stan James).
He saved two break points to open his account in the third game, but muscleman Nadal stepped on the accelerator reeling off four games in a row with two more service breaks to take the set 6-1.
Sharapova was made to work hard for her quarterfinal victory, with a 59-minute first set going to a tie-break, and early service breaks in the second set making life difficult.
But it was not to be her day as Clijsters bounced back with three service breaks to put an abrupt end to the comeback queen's title aspirations.
Less than 24 hours after both players recorded grueling three-set victories, Vann was able to grab the early momentum, relying on a high first-serve percentage and a couple of service breaks to put the pressure on Lee.
As it was Henman broke the Dane's serve as early as the second game and although the pair swapped service breaks in the sixth and seventh games, Henman restored his superiority, setting the tone by capturing the first set.
The 20-year-old capitalised on important service breaks in the first, second and fourth sets as he ended the title hopes of his American opponent.
Incredibly the pair swapped four more straight service breaks, before Malisse managed to cling on to his serve in the 12th game to win 7-5.
Still they swapped service breaks, but Pioline came up with the extra one which mattered.