Points won by each set: [ 20-26, 27-18, 9-25, 36-37, 27-16 ]
Points won directly on serve:
36 % Philippoussis – 48 of 131
30 % Srichaphan – 34 of 110

The only official meeting (three years earlier Scud won 6-1, 6-4 at Hopman Cup) between these two players. It was pretty obvious that with their styles long rallies were impossible, however, it could be tough to expect that a potential five-setter would last under three hours (4 of 5 sets were one-sided). Srichaphan [14] was the hottest player on the tour at the time, between October ’02 & January ’03 he manufactured a 21-4 record entering the Australian Open and the officials highlighted his great form placing him on Rod Laver Arena already in the first round (vs Melzer) even though he was neither Aussie nor Top 10 player. He could be expected as a potential semifinalist looking at the draw, but the task in the second round was very challenging: Philippoussis was ranked just no. 104 because the previous two years he was struggling with injuries. In the only tight (4th) set the Thai had a break point at 3-all, but sent wide Philippoussis’ second kick-serve. The Thai was six points away from victory at 5-all (30-all) after a sensational full-run pass; Philippoussis had played two great drive-volleys in that game before. The only break of the decider came as he led 4:3 – Srichaphan abysmally played four points in a row. The Aussie finished that night session contest with a sliced ace after 2 hours 39 minutes.

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