ao99kafelnikov_enqvist

Points won by each set: | 29-34, 24-10, 38-35, 39-34 |
Points won directly on serve:
31 % Kafelnikov – 42 of 134
32 % Enqvist – 35 of 109

Lower ranked Enqvist [21 vs 10] was a favorite; he led 4:2 in H2H having won their previous Grand Slam match (French Open ’98) and was in excellent form at the beginning of the year. Kafelnikov notched a 9-game winning streak to lead 3:0* in the 3rd set, Enqvist had a break point at 3-all (the Russian needed 10 decues in four service games that set). In the very quick 4th set Enqvist led 5:4* (30-all); he committed 2 of his 5 double faults in the tie-break, also on match point. Kafelnikov created it after the best rally of the final when played a perfect backhand overhead.

Kafelnikov’s route to his 18th title:
1 Jonas Bjorkman 6-3, 6-2, 6-4
2 Jason Stoltenberg 7-5, 3-6, 7-6(10), 7-6(3)
3 Jim Courier 5-7, 6-4, 6-2, 3-0 ret.
4 Andrei Pavel 6-3, 7-6(5), 6-7(5), 3-6, 6-4
Q Todd Martin 6-2, 7-6(1), 6-2
S Tommy Haas 6-3, 6-4, 7-5
W Thomas Enqvist 4-6, 6-0, 6-3, 7-6(1)

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