ao99enqvist_rafter

ao99enqvist_rafter

Stats of the last three sets; number of aces, double faults & break points valid for the entire contest
Points won by each set: [ …, 31-40, 28-24, 31-30 ]
Points won directly behind the serve:
31 % Enqvist – 32 of 103
48 % Rafter – 39 of 81
Winners by set:
Enqvist – 53 (14, 11, 10, 18)
Rafter – 40 (9, 11, 10, 10)

Rafter [4] notched his best Aussie Open result in 2001 (semifinal), but he was the main favorite to claim the title two years earlier, after withdrawal of Sampras & Rios (two best players of 1998). He played really good match in the third round, but Enqvist [21] was simply on fire then. The Australian played only 3 weak service games out of 20, but the problem was that he lost his serve every time Enqvist created break points, and it happened in three different sets of that 2-hour 33-minute encounter. The Swede faced 6 out of 7 break points in the 2nd set when he committed 6 out of his 9 double faults. He was in troubles for the last time serving at 4:3 in the 4th set, led 40/15 to save a break point.

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