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  1. Voo de Mar says:
    Points won by each set: | 31-20, 24-7 |
    Points won directly behind the serve:
    44 % Sampras – 17 of 38
    23 % Medvedev – 10 of 43

    Sublime performance from Sampras [1], even when Medvedev’s [6] backhand return rolled over the net-cord and the ball changed its direction, Sampras was able to produce a winner behind his back from the level of his calves (I counted it as a dropshot winner). During the perfect 50 minutes of play, the 22-year-old American had a lapse of concentration though; in his first service game of the 2nd set he missed five consecutive serves at comfortable lead 40/0. He risked the third straight double fault with a hard second serve, yet held. ‘PistolPete’ finished the one-sided encounter with his 1000th ace of the season! The match disappointed a lot, especially that they’d met twice before in 1993, and Sampras prevailed in both encounters with some troubles (2-6, 6-3, 6-2 in Sydney and 6-7, 6-3, 6-2 at Key Biscayne). Despite awesome display against the 19-year-old Ukrainian, Sampras lost in four sets to an inspired Michael Stich in the final.

  2. Voo de Mar says:
    It was a miracle that Medvedev advanced to the semifinal. He lost his opening ’round robin match quickly, and trailed to Courier 6-3, 1-6, 3:5 (0/40) in the second one. The American wasn’t able to close the match out, wasting four match points on serve in that game. If Medvedev had lost it, his chances with a 0-2 (1-4) record would have been just theoretical.

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