cincinnati99sampras_agassi

cincinnati99sampras_agassi

Points won by each set: [ 41-35, 31-23 ]
Points won directly behind the serve:
47 % Sampras – 27 of 57
31 % Agassi – 23 of 73

Sampras [1] needed four set points to clinch 9/7 the opening tie-break (Agassi should have won a point at 7-all). Two weeks earlier Sampras defeated Agassi in two tie-breaks (Los Angeles), thus it’s easier to understand Agassi’s frustration at the beginning of the 2nd set – Sampras jumped quickly to a break point leading 4:0, so it was theoretically quite close to the only 6-0 set in their 34 meetings – Agassi [3] played great backhand down the line then, and Sampras lost his concentration a bit – the following game he began committing three straight double faults! Agassi won 10 consecutive points in total to cut for 3:4, yet Sampras regrouped to hold his next two serves comfortably.

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