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Points won by each set: [ 31-36, 27-13, 34-27, 39-31 ]
Points won directly behind the serve:
39 % Krajicek – 46 of 116
15 % Grosjean – 19 of 122

Grosjean enjoyed a prominent career with a couple of Grand Slam semifinals, Davis Cup triumph and a Masters 1K title, yet at Key Biscayne ’99 – when he was 21-years-old [74] – became one of the most unexpected finalists of the series in its 9-year-old history at the time. He arrived in Florida not having played at ATP final, but eliminated Roland Garros champions early on (Kuerten, Moya) and found his way to face Krajicek in the end-match. The Dutchman [7] was in a great shape in the fortnight, unexpectedly lost the 1st set though. He seemed to be fatigued afterwards (the hottest day of the event – 90°F = 32°C), but began playing better and was regularly breaking the serve of the Frenchman – led 4:2* in the 4th set as Grosjean took almost the next four games. On set point down, Krajicek didn’t go to the net behind his 2nd serve as he had been doing almost throughout the final, however, a combination of forehand and overhead worked for him. He finished the 2-hour 40-minute final just like he began it – serving an ace. He moved to No. 4, and a few months later had his lone chance to become the best player in the world – he needed to triumph in Hamburg – lost his opening match (to Hicham Arazi).

Krajicek’s route to his 17th and last title:
2 Sjeng Schalken 6-1, 4-6, 6-1
3 Jan Siemerink 6-3, 6-2
4 Marat Safin 6-3, 6-1
Q Pete Sampras 6-2, 7-6(6)
S Thomas Enqvist 6-4, 6-2
W Sebastien Grosjean 4-6, 6-1, 6-2, 7-5

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