mc94medvedev_kafelnikov

Points won by each set: [ 48-46, 34-28 ]
Points won directly on serve:
20 % Medvedev – 15 of 73
10 % Kafelnikov – 9 of 83

The first meeting between 20-year-old players who grew up together in the Soviet Union, but as professionals represented two countries (Ukraine & Russia). For Kafelnikov [41] it was his first semifinal of a big event; in that match he displayed versatility, but twofold more experienced (52 vs 26 main-level events) & six months younger Ukrainian [9] had a better serve at the time and his baseline game was generally more consistent. Kafelnikov led 3:0* in the opener, then 5:3 in a tie-break which he lost 6/8. At 5-all in it, Medvedev’s shot was called out, but Kafelnikov erased the mark at the baseline and lost the repeated point. At 6-all there was the longest rally of the match (31 strokes); Medvedev was a couple of times in very awkward position, but Kafelnikov netted his forehand. Two weeks later they face each other in the Hamburg final, and Medvedev wins again, that time in four sets.

Serve & volley: Medvedev 0, Kafelnikov 1/2

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