iw95sampras_agassi

iw95sampras_agassi

Points won by each set: [ 43-36, 28-23, 44-39 ]
Points won directly behind the serve:
36 % Sampras – 36 of 100
15 % Agassi – 17 of 113

The second of five ’95 meetings between the two best guys in the world at the time. Sampras played a great match after recovering from an early break in the 1st set. In the 3rd set which was played under the floodlights, he saved a mini-set point at 3:4 with a forehand winner following a big serve. At 5-all he obtained the decisive break with the help of the net-cord – at Agassi’s game point he hit BH down the line and the ball flying wide changed its direction. Sampras’ ace on match point earned him an 8-6 edge in their rivalry. “If we battle for the next 10 years, it’ll be great for the game,” said Sampras, “It’s different when I play Andre; it’s like two heavyweights going at it because Andre really is threatening the ranking. He’s the one guy in my mind where even if I play well, he can still beat me.” Two weeks later Agassi avenges this defeat in the Key Biscayne final after the same amount of time (2:13 hrs).

Sampras’ route to his 32nd title:
2 Jonas Bjorkman 6-3, 7-6(5)
3 Patrick Rafter 6-4, 6-7(8), 6-1
Q Todd Martin 6-3, 6-4
S Stefan Edberg 4-6, 6-3, 6-4
W Andre Agassi 7-5, 6-3, 7-5

# Comparison of their two IW finals:
1995: Sampras d. Agassi 7-5, 6-3, 7-5… 2 houra 13 minutes… Total points: 115-98
2001: Agassi d. Sampras 7-6, 7-5, 6-1…2 hour 11 minutes… Total points: 110-90

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