kitzbuhel04massu_gaudio

kitzbuhel04massu_gaudio

Points won by each set: [ 51-44, 41-30 ]
Points won directly behind the serve:
15 % Massu – 13 of 85
16 % Gaudio – 13 of 81

Two South Americans played that 2-hour 12-minute final in the Austrian Alps between their biggest successes: Gaudio [11] was shortly after his Roland Garros triumph, Massu [13] shortly before conquering Athens during the Olympic games. “I played very well, as I always do in Kitzbuhel,” Massu said. “I feel good at this altitude. I beat the Paris champion, and that is a big victory for me.” He came back from a break down in the opener (2:3) and broke at 3-all in the 2nd set (the only break of the set).

Massu’s route to his 4th title:
2 Yuri Schukin 6-2, 6-3
3 Tomas Berdych 7-6(3), 3-6, 6-4
Q Mariano Zabaleta 7-6(4), 7-6(6)
S Rainer Schuettler 6-3, 6-3
W Gaston Gaudio 7-6(3), 6-4

The Massu’s quarter-final lasted 2 hours 52 minutes – the longest two-set match in history until 2013 when Paolo Lorenzi (also in Kitzbuhel) defeats Gerald Melzer 7-6, 7-6 after one minute longer contest

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