First time under the ‘Tennis Masters Cup’ name. The final lasted 2 hours 6 minutes, eight minutes longer than their ’round robin’ match won by Agassi 4-6, 6-4, 6-3 (one break of serve decided each set). Guga broke: in the opening game, at 2-all in the 2nd and 3rd sets. He saved break points in each set… Thanks to the triumph Kuerten finished the 2000 season as the best player in the world. Before the tournament it seemed quite unpredictable because No. 1 Marat Safin was considered as a better indoor player. He lost in the semifinals, and then Kuerten needed to win the semifinals and the final against the best players of the decade: Sampras & Agassi, and he managed to do it! “This is the happiest day of my life. After my opening match of the tournament for a few hours I already felt I was out” said Kuerten, “I was really hurt. But every day I woke up things went better and better and I think I finished it in the perfect way. I felt amazingly relaxed on the court but I was also full of energy all the time.”
Kuerten’s route to the title:
rr. Andre Agassi 6-4, 4-6, 3-6
rr. Magnus Norman 7-5, 6-3
rr. Yevgeny Kafelnikov 6-3, 6-4
S Pete Sampras 6-7(5), 6-3, 6-4
W Andre Agassi 6-4, 6-4, 6-4
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