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Stats without 10 games (20 out of 30 = 66%); number of aces, double faults & break points are correct for the entire final.
Points won by each set: [ 17-28, 29-18, 45-43 ]

The first all-Swiss final, and the first ATP final for 18-year-old Federer [32] who was playing his 21st main-level event to lose a match being very close to win for the first time. In the 3rd set Rosset [48] was serving at 5:4 and had three match points – Federer saved them all with passing-shots #. In the tie-break the 11 years younger Swiss improved from *2:5 to 5-all after Rosset’s double fault. At that moment they both had won 89 points, and the next two quick points separated them – first Rosset risked his 2nd serve again, that time with fruition forcing Federer’s backhand error, on fourth match point Federer made a casual forehand error hitting the tape with his forehand behind Rosset’s return. The following week they’ll meet in the London quarterfinal, and Rosset prevails again from a set down (3-6, 6-4, 6-4) that time winning three points more (97-94).

Rosset’s route to his 14th title:
1 Wayne Arthurs 6-3, 6-3
2 Arnaud Clement 6-4, 7-5
Q Goran Ivanisevic 6-4, 3-6, 6-2
S Sebastien Grosjean 6-3, 6-3
W Roger Federer 2-6, 6-3, 7-6(5)

# It seemed like a copy of Federer’s quarter-final when he saved two match points on return at 4:5 to beat Ljubicic 6-2, 3-6, 7-6(5)!

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