basel97philippoussis_kafelnikov

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  1. Voo de Mar says:
    Points won by each set: | 28-17, 39-40, 27-15 |
    Points won directly behind the serve:
    48 % Philippoussis – 39 of 80
    22 % Kafelnikov – 19 of 86

    In the second half of the 90s, Philippoussis belonged to the best servers in the world along with Pete Sampras, Goran Ivanisevic, Richard Krajicek & Greg Rusedski. When his serve was working well, he was extremely tough to break on fast surfaces, and one of those immaculate service performances occurred at the Davidoff Swiss Indoors – an excellent receiver like Kafelnikov [4] couldn’t get to ‘deuce’ in any of Philippoussis’ 15 service games. The 21-year-old Australian [21] came close of winning in straights, but at 5-all in the tie-break the Russian struck his best return of the match to take it 7/5… Philippoussis advanced to the final which he lost 3-6 6-7(6) 6-7(3) to Rusedski.

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