ao02johansson_safin

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  1. Voo de Mar says:
    Points won by each set: | 25-30, 36-30, 34-26, 41-35 |
    Points won directly behind the serve:
    37 % Johansson – 43 of 115
    26 % Safin – 38 of 142

    The tournament was deprived of Andre Agassi, the champion in years 2000-01 & 2003 while Sampras was already behind his prime, these two facts opened the draw for several players… The final lasted 2 hours 53 minutes (two minutes longer than Johansson’s 5-set semifinal). In the 4th set, Safin [11] saved a break point trailing 0:2 to lead 3:2 soon. The Swede [18] won at ‘love’ his last four service games (18 points on serve in a row)! In the tie-break, the Swedish player had already led *5:0 before converted his fourth match point and rather calmly reacted for the success of his life. The final was played on Safin’s 22nd birthday, there were rumours he was partying at night preceding the final, and the hangover wore him down.

    Johansson’s route to his 7th title:
    1 Jacobo Diaz 6-1, 3-6, 7-6(2), 6-4
    2 Markus Hipfl 6-4, 6-1, 6-4
    3 Younes el Aynaoui 5-7, 6-2, 6-2, 6-4
    4 Adrian Voinea 6-7(8), 6-2, 6-0, 6-4
    Q Jonas Bjorkman 6-0, 2-6, 6-3, 6-4
    S Jiri Novak 7-6(5), 0-6, 4-6, 6-3, 6-4
    W Marat Safin 3-6, 6-4, 6-4, 7-6(4)

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