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  1. Voo de Mar says:
    Points won directly behind the serve:
    33 % Becker – 27 of 80
    20 % Woodforde – 20 of 100

    The last Australian Open semifinal played between serve-and-volley players (3rd set under the floodlights)…
    Becker’s advantage was overwhelming from the beginning of the match: he broke at 1-all & Woodforde escaped from 0/40 & twice 0/30 in his another three service games. In the 2nd set Becker led *3:0 when Woodforde got 10 points in a row – Becker held at ’30’ to win the final nine games. For the 30-year-old Woodforde [67] it was the first (and only) appearance in the Grand Slam semifinals in singles.

  2. MultiStar83 says:
    It was a great run by doubles’ specialist Woodforde, but he was a little bit lucky here, too. Because in his first or second round match his opponent (S. Matsuoka from Japan) had to retire early in the first set. Then he beat Martin Sinner from Germany, who was not a very high ranked player, clay court specialist Francisco Clavet of Spain in four close sets and in the fourth round a very young and inexperienced Mark Philippoussis, who came back from his great upset win over Pete Sampras the other day and was just overwhelmed by the sudden pressure and expectations from his home town crowd and choked more or less…In the quarterfinal Woodforde faced Thomas Enqvist who maybe No. 6 or 7 in the world, but always seemed to have trouble playing Woodforde, but he obviously did not like to play an opponent slicing a lot and taking away the pace of his fierce shots. He also was not able to convert many break point opportunities in the second set especially.

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