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Points won by each set: [ 38-36, 38-39, 45-36 ]
Points won directly on serve:
23 % Ferreira – 26 of 112
35 % Sampras – 42 of 120

Sampras – undoubtedly the best player of the 90s, who had positive H2H records against multiple major champions (Lendl, Edberg, Becker, Agassi, Courier), couldn’t find a way to beat three less stable players on a regular basis – in Summer 1999 he was 2:6 vs Krajicek (ended up 4-6), and 4:5 vs Stich & Ferreira (against the latter it ended at 7-6). Lyon ’95 initiated a streak of four consecutive defeats to Ferreira (similar case with Krajicek). After skipping the ’94 edition, Sampras [2] returned to the event he had conquered in years 1991-93. Having won 19 successive matches in Lyon he was a heavy favorite against the South African [13]. Began the final leading 3:0* (deuce), but once Ferreira entered the scoreboard, he was playing amazingly off his forehand to the end of the contest. The deciding moment came as he led 2:1* in the 3rd set – nine deuces, and he converted his fourth break point chance with a stunning backhand passing-shot. Sampras saved a match point at 2:5 and created two break points in the following game – Ferreira fought them off at the net… One thing is particularly bizarre: Ferreira defeated Kafelnikov & Sampras in back-to-back matches to get his title, and he beat in back-to-back matches the same players after almost the same scorelines later on the same year in Frankfurt! In both cities Ferreira was five points away from beating Sampras in straight sets (5-all, *40/30 in Lyon & 4:3*, 40/0 in Frankfurt) and a couple of points away from losing to the Russian in straight sets! #

Ferreira’s route to his 11th title:
1 Jerome Golmard 5-7, 6-2, 6-4
2 Martin Damm 6-7(4), 6-3, 6-1
Q David Prinosil 6-2, 1-6, 6-3
S Yevgeny Kafelnikov 1-6, 7-6(3), 6-3
W Pete Sampras 7-6(2), 5-7, 6-3

# Comparison of Ferreira’s Autumn ’95 ‘copy-cat’ matches:
Lyon: Ferreira d. Sampras 7-6, 5-7, 6-3… 2 hours 14 minutes… Total points: 121-111
F’urt: Ferreira d. Sampras 7-6, 4-6, 6-3… 1 hour 48 minutes… Total points: 98-86

Lyon: Ferreira d. Kafelnikov 1-6, 7-6, 6-3… 1 hour 45 minutes… Total points: 87-93… 4 pts away
F’urt: Ferreira d. Kafelnikov 3-6, 7-6, 6-1… 1 hour 45 minutes… Total points: 95-82… 2 pts away

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