Points won by each set: | 19-28, 40-37, 41-35, 41-34 |
Points won directly behind the serve:
34 % Krajicek – 44 of 128
29 % Sampras – 43 of 147
The Netherlands have never played in the Davis Cup final, but in my opinion they had a team good enough to even win the cup once in years 1993-98. It was a time when only Todd Woodbridge & Mark Woodforde co-created more successful pair than Dutchmen, Paul Haarhuis & Jacco Eltingh – both guys respectable as singles players too. The team filled serve-and-volleyers Krajicek & Jan Siemerink, and in the second half of the 90s joined a couple of years younger baseliner Sjeng Schalken. So basically the Dutchmen could count on obtaining a point in doubles of every Davis Cup tie, which is of great importance, and the team captain Stanley Franker shouldn’t have worried too much about different surfaces, because excluding Eltingh & Siemerink on clay, all guys were able to beat the best players everywhere. With a team like this you have to rely on your best singles player, unfortunately Krajicek was disappointing throughout his career as far as the Davis Cup is concerned, either he was injured during Davis Cup weekends or performed below expectations, and finished his career with a mediocre DC record 7-8 (6-8 in singles).
Among those modest six singles wins, he notched one very big; on July 17, 1994 in Rotterdam (outdoor hard) against Sampras , who was fresh after claiming his second Wimbledon title. Taking into account his five last sets, he looked like a tennis god. First he finished the Wimbledon final with a 6-0 against Ivanisevic, then humiliated Eltingh 6-2, 6-2, 6-0 to get the opener against Krajicek 6-2! Stunning scorelines given the quality of serves of his opponents. Krajicek  managed to hold facing a break point in the 1st game of 2nd set though, and Sampras’ magic disappeared. The Dutchman won three tight sets and the match after 3 hours 8 minutes, but his advantage was quite visible in all those sets, actually no drama involved in any of them. In the fifth and decisive rubber Eltingh played better than on Day 1, he lost to Jim Courier 3-6, 4-6, 6-4, 1-6 anyway, and the Netherlands were eliminated by the United States.