barca99mantilla_alami

Points won by each set: | 40-32, 29-24, 32-29 |
Points won directly behind the serve:
15 % Mantilla – 16 of 102
26 % Alami – 22 of 84

[83] Alami played six ATP finals (all on clay), this one is the biggest one. Mantilla [19] led 4:0 and 5:1* (30/15) in the opener, then needed to hold at 5:6. After clinching the tie-break, the Spaniard fully controlled another two sets, however, in the 3rd set he was forced to save break points in three games. “I have great memories about the victory in 1999. Winning at home, in your city, in front of your crowd, in the club where you have spent all your life… it is an unforgettable experience,” reminisced Mantilla in 2013.

Mantilla’s route to his 8th title:
1 Galo Blanco 6-2, 6-0
2 Alberto Martin 6-3 6-2
3 Renzo Furlan 6-3, 6-0
Q Carlos Moya 4-6, 6-2, 6-3
S Francisco Clavet 6-3, 6-2
W Karim Alami 7-6(2), 6-3, 6-3

Serve & volley: Mantilla 1/3, Alami 6/13

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