masters96becker_krajicek

Points won by each set: [ 35-38, 37-36, 29-22 ]
Points won directly on serve:
44 % Becker – 46 of 104
47 % Krajicek – 44 of 93

Between August ’95 and November ’96 they played four similar matches against each other – every time three-setters, every time Krajicek [8] led 1:0 in sets; he won the first two matches (the first one being 2 points away from defeat), lost another two – both being two points away from victory # In Hanover, in the first tie-break Krajicek trailed *1:4 to win six points in a row; in the 2nd set he led 5:4* (30-all) and 6:5 (30/15) to lose the tie-break 3/7 – Becker hit three winners at those three difficult moments. The only break of the decider occurred as [6] Becker led 2:1 – Krajicek helped making a few casual volley errors. It was the second semifinal of that Masters ’96 edition and it almost copied the first one.

# Comparison of their four ‘2-1’ matches within 15 months:
New Haven 1995 (QF): Krajicek d. Becker 7-6, 3-6, 7-6… 2 hours 7 minutes… Total points: 104-107 [aces: 9-12]
Essen 1995 (3R): Krajicek d. Becker 6-4, 6-7, 6-3… 2 hours 25 minutes… Total points: 114-108 [aces: 16-9]
Paris 1995 (QF): Becker d. Krajicek 4-6, 7-6, 6-4… 2 hours 26 minutes… Total points: 113-105 [aces: 15-19]
Hanover 1996 (SF): Becker d. Krajicek 6-7, 7-6, 6-3… 2 hours 11 minutes… Total points: 101-96 [aces: 15-19]

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