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Points won by each set: | 34-26, 13-10… |
Points won directly behind the serve:
25 % Kuerten – 8 of 31
19 % Rios – 10 of 52

Huge disappointment because the final between the two South American Nos. 1 (former Rios & future Kuerten) was supposed to be played in the ‘best of five’ format. The Chilean [13], who won their previous match two weeks before 6-4 6-3 in Estoril, led 4:3* in the opening set, but lost 5 of the next 6 games and decided he couldn’t continue due to pain in his heavily bandaged right thigh (suffered that injury in the semifinal vs. Golmard). “I was improving through the tournament,” the Brazilian said. “I had a very tough second round, and after that I started to feel better and better.” Kuerten [19] claimed his first big title after a sensational triumph in Paris two years before… They never faced each other afterwards (it was their fourth meeting).

Kuerten’s route to his 4th title:
1 Marcio Carlsson 6-1, 6-3
2 Bohdan Ulihrach 6-7(5), 6-2, 6-4
3 Fernando Meligeni 6-2, 7-6(2)
Q Vincent Spadea 6-3, 6-3
S Felix Mantilla 3-6, 6-3, 6-4
W Marcelo Rios 6-4, 2-1 ret.

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