mc01ferrero_coria

Points won by each set: [ 30-19, 31-23 ]
Points won directly behind the serve:
9 % Ferrero – 5 of 52
7 % Coria – 4 of 51

Due to bad weather changed format of the final from ‘best of 5’ to ‘best of 3’… The best clay-court player between April ’01 and June ’03 (Ferrero) faced the best one in the following two-year period (between July ’03 and May ’05). That match absolutely didn’t foreshadow Ferrero’s abdication to Coria on red clay. The Spaniard [3] actually schooled his two years younger opponent from the back of the court in 1 hour 16 minutes. In both sets, Coria [26] broke Ferrero’s serve trailing 0:3, the break in the 2nd set featured the most vigorous rallies. “Last year I saved a match point against Mantilla and it was almost the same again this year. I’m lucky and happy to have made it that far,” said the defending champion #

Ferrero’s route to his 8th title:
1 Wayne Arthurs 6-4, 6-1
2 Felix Mantilla 3-6, 6-2, 7-5
3 Gaston Gaudio 3-6, 7-5, 6-2
Q Alberto Martin 6-0, 6-2
S Vincent Spadea 6-3, 6-4
W Guillermo Coria 6-2, 6-2

# Ferrero trailed 3:5 to Gaudio in the 2nd set, wasn’t closer than three points away from defeat

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