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  1. Voo de Mar says:
    Points won by each set: | 27-34, 28-16, 43-40 |
    Points won directly behind the serve:
    10 % Chesnokov – 10 of 93
    7 % Sanchez – 7 of 95

    Two clay-court specialists, but contrasting style: Chesnokov [20] – patient baseliner with very balanced shots from both wings, Sanchez [11] – frequent serve-and-volleyer, using almost entirely backhand slice during baseline rallies. The Russian led 5:3* in the 3rd set when the Spaniard decided to be exceptionally patient and it almost paid off. Chesnokov won the longest rally of the match (51 strokes), but lost three games in a row, and was three points away from defeat serving at 5:6 (15-all) when played his best volley of the semifinal. In the tie-break Sanchez came back to his basic strategy and it didn’t surprise his opponent. # Three weeks later they play similarly dramatic, yet even longer semifinal in Rome in which Sanchez blows two break points leading 2:0 in the decider and a *5:4 lead in the deciding tie-break.

    # Comparison of their two Mercedes Super 9 semifinals in 1990:
    M.Carlo: Chesnokov d. Sanchez 4-6, 6-1, 7-6(2)… 2 hours 22 minutes… 3 pts away
    Rome: Chesnokov d. Sanchez 6-7(1), 6-4, 7-6(5)… 3 hours 2 minutes… 2 pts away

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