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  1. Voo de Mar says:
    Points won by each set: | 32-29, 46-46, 41-34 |
    Points won directly behind the serve:
    42 % Philippoussis – 49 of 116
    36 % Sampras – 41 of 112

    Philippoussis appeared on the tennis scene in 1995 as a well-built teenager with tremendous power, but almost entirely depending on two strokes: the serve & the forehand. In a match which was played indoors on Rod Laver Arena, he stunned Sampras [1] with clinical service performance; perhaps it wouldn’t have been enough if his backhand hadn’t been working exceptionally well (The Scud was nicely placing his BHs in both directions with different speed). The only break of the match came in the 10th game of the 1st set (SamPe broken at ’15’). In the 2nd set tie-break, Sampras led 5:2*, 6:5 & 8:7 – both set points Philippoussis [40] saved with the help of crisp cross-court forehands to win the tie-break 11/9 and another one 7/3. After that sensational victory, some people began to wonder whether the 19-year-old Australian would win the title, however, in the next round on the same court, but under the dazzling Sun, he was completely deflated and in the consequence humiliated 2-6 2-6 0-6 by a fellow Aussie – the 30-year-old Mark Woodforde… Sampras will lose similar match later that year in the Wimbledon quarterfinal.

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