By Kamakshi Tandon Special to ESPN.com
But just as the numbers don't do justice to the drama of the contest and the quality of certain stages of Sunday's match, they don't quite tell the full story about its length, either.
It's well known that Nadal and Djokovic are two of the slowest players on tour in terms of the amount of time they take between points. Early in the match, ESPN's broadcast flashed a statistic showing Nadal's average time between points to be 31 seconds and Djokovic's to be 35 secords -- both well over the 20 seconds players are allotted at Grand Slam events. Around the end of the second set, when the umpire cautioned both players against taking too much time, the numbers were down slightly, showing Nadal at 30 seconds between points and Djokovic at 33 seconds. They likely increased once again during the later stages of the match, given that both players were understandably exhausted.
Even using the conservative estimate of 30 seconds and 33 seconds, respectively, that still adds considerably to the length of the match. With Djokovic playing 166 points on his serve, the Serb took 36 more minutes than he would have if sticking to the rules. Nadal, who played 203 points on his serve, took an extra 34 minutes. That adds up to 70 minutes, which would have put the match time at 4 hours, 43 minutes -- potentially shorter than the Wilander-Lendl U.S. Open final, the Nadal-Federer 2008 Wimbledon final (4 hours, 48 minutes) and even Djokovic's win over Andy Murray in the semifinals (4 hours, 50 minutes). And all without counting the long gaps the two also tend to take between first and second serves, which stretched the contest even further.
就算保守估計他們各用30秒與31秒來發球，這還是讓比賽時間增加許多。Djokovic 自己發球分有166分，比起規定時間他共多花36分鐘在發球上，Nadal發球分有203分，比起規定共多花34分鐘，這樣加起來就是70分鐘，比賽因此也就是4小時43分鐘，比Wilander、Lendl的美網的決賽還短，比Nadal、Federer 08年溫網決賽還短（4小時48分鐘），甚至比Djokovic的贏Murray的那場澳網四強還短（4小時50分鐘）。這都還沒算他倆可能在一二發間拖的時間，這讓比賽時間變更長。