doha97courier_henman

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  1. Voo de Mar says:
    Points won by each set: | 50-44, 44-45, 27-16 |
    Points won directly behind the serve:
    32 % Courier – 32 of 98
    21 % Henman – 27 of 128

    Courier’s 20th title, while his opponent was playing his first ATP final (in 38th main-level event). In the 1st set Henman [29] led twice with a break and squandered a double break point at 4-all. Courier [26] broke back also in the 2nd set, but couldn’t win in straights despite a 5:4* lead & 5:4* advantage in the tie-break. The inexperienced Henman lost his concentration at the beginning of the 3rd set, and quickly found himself 0:4. “I gave my 100 per cent. It was a high quality match” said the 22-year-old runner-up. Courier’s lone appearance in the Qatar Open.

    Courier’s route to the title:
    1 Sjeng Schalken 7-6(10), 7-5
    2 Razvan Sabau 6-3, 6-4
    Q Thomas Muster 6-3, 7-5
    S Sergi Bruguera 6-4, 6-2
    W Tim Henman 7-5, 6-7(5), 6-2

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