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Points won by each set: [ 47-47, 37-27, 26-16 ]
Points won directly behind the serve:
23 % Agassi – 25 of 106
35 % Sampras – 33 of 94

One year after shocking defeat to Hicham Arazi in the first round of Indian Wells ’00, Agassi [4] made a revenge on the Moroccan in the same round, and five matches later collected his first title on the Californian desert. In the opening set he saved break points in three different games, including a set point at *4:5 when Sampras [3] badly missed his forehand from a relatively good position in the middle of the court. Very tight match became pretty one-sided from 3-all in the 2nd set – Agassi held three times in a row at ‘love’ and created break points in four out of Sampras’ six service games. “I feel like I’ve said it every year coming here that it’s what I want,” said Agassi, who lost one set all week and made it look easy at times. “I just came here and laid it on the line with the hope that I could win, but with the realization that it’s hard to beat these guys.” Agassi wanted to win this tournament because the desert atmosphere and Indian Wells’ hardcourts reminded him of home.

Agassi’s route to his 47th title:
1 Hicham Arazi 6-3, 6-2
2 Tommy Haas 7-6(5), 6-3
3 Nicolas Kiefer 6-4, 5-7, 6-4
Q Nicolas Lapentti 6-2, 6-1
S Lleyton Hewitt 6-4, 3-6, 6-4
W Pete Sampras 7-6(5), 7-5, 6-1

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