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Points won by each set: [ 27-23, 20-27, 38-35 ]
Points won directly on serve:
39 % Krajicek – 33 of 83
34 % Sampras – 30 of 87

Krajicek’s [10] first win over Sampras [1] in second of their ten meetings. At the beginning of the decider Krajicek’s movement was limited due to sore left knee. The ATP trainer (Bill Norris) rubbed an ointment & it helped. The decisive moment came as Sampras was trailing *2:4 in the tie-break – the Dutchman played his best forehand on that day responding to Sampras’ first serve. On the first match point the American sent his forehand wide to lose the breaker 3/7. That defeat initiated Sampras’ bizarre streak of being eliminated in three consecutive hardcourt events after 6-7 in the final sets!

# Comparison of their two semifinal matches with 7-6 in the deciding set:
Los Angeles ’93: Krajicek d. Sampras 6-4, 3-6, 7-6… 1 hour 52 minutes… Total points: 85-85 (aces: 10-9)… 4 points away
Stuttgart ’98: Krajicek d. Sampras 6-7, 6-4, 7-6… 1 hour 56 minutes… Total points: 100-101 (aces: 16-15)… 3 points away

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