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Points won by each set: [ 36-29, 26-9, 39-30 ]
Points won directly behind the serve:
17 % Moya – 14 of 79
7 % Pioline – 7 of 90

It was a bilaterally high quality match, open for many possible outcomes, until 3-all in the 1st set – since then Moya collected nine straight games. Between sets 1 & 2, Pioline [16] took a medical time-out due to problems with his right elbow. The pain mainly affected his serve. Despite limited speed of the 1st serve, Pioline bravely fought in the 3rd set, coming back from a break down thrice. In the miracle semifinal Pioline recovered from a 1:5* deficit saving a double match point in the process to beat Alberto Berasategui 6-3, 0-6, 7-6(5), who had defeated Moya in two previous events on clay (Estoril, Barcelona). “It’s the most important victory I ever had. It’s a very important tournament for me and I’m very happy with the way I played,” said Moya [18]. He enjoyed an amazing week having defeated with ease five very good opponents. He certainly build upon that success self-confidence which helped him a few months later to get the title at Roland Garros.

Moya’s route to his 4th title:
1 Thomas Muster 6-0, 6-3
2 Hicham Arazi 6-1, 6-1
3 Yevgeny Kafelnikov 6-2, 6-3
Q Alex Corretja 6-3, 6-2
S Richard Krajicek 4-6, 6-1, 6-4
W Cedric Pioline 6-3, 6-0, 7-5

# Moya trailed 2:4* (0/30) in 3rd set vs Krajicek

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