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Points won by each set: [ 47-41, 43-47 ]
Points won directly on serve:
27 % Clement – 26 of 95
40 % Rafter – 34 of 83

Clement and Rafter faced each other twice, both times in Lyon, and the scorelines were similar # On the first occassion Clement’s win meant a total shocker because he was just beginning his career at the main-level while Rafter was fresh after his maiden major title. Three years later it was a different story as Clement [25] had already experience playing against all the best in the world at the biggest stages while Rafter [17] was far away from his form off the previous three seasons. There were break points in the first five games, Clement led 4:2 afterwards. In the 2nd set he needed a two-point advantage in all his service games (served three aces in a row from 0/30 at 2-all) when Rafter was holding without any troubles. “Winning the first title of my career is such a thrill,” revealed the 23-year-old Clement, who picked up a cheque for $109,000. “I don’t think I dominated the match. I played well in both sets though. The match turned on one or two points, it was like poker.”

Clement’s route to his maiden title (85th main-level event):
1 Thierry Guardiola 7-5, 4-6, 6-1
2 Franco Squillari 3-6, 6-2, 6-3
Q Raemon Sluiter 6-3, 3-6, 7-6(5)
S Andre Agassi 6-3 ret.
W Patrick Rafter 7-6(2), 7-6(5)

# Clement was two points away from losing to Sluiter; Agassi retired due to right hip injury

# Comparison of their two matches:
Lyon ’97 (1R): Clement d. Rafter 6-3, 7-6(5)… 1 hour 36 minutes… Total points: 77-73 (breaks: 2-1)
Lyon ’00 (F): Clement d. Rafter 7-6(2), 7-6(5)… 1 hour 53 minutes… Total points: 90-88 (breaks: 2-2)

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