montreal95sampras_enqvist

Points won by each set: [ 21-31, 30-25, 48-42 ]
Points won directly behind the serve:
43 % Sampras – 45 of 104
31 % Enqvist – 29 of 93

Sampras [1] couldn’t find his service rhythm for the first 40 minutes, but once he found it (after saving three break points in the 1st game of the 2nd set), his serves were impressive to the end; he struck 11 aces in the 2nd set. The decider was played under the floodlights – Enqvist saved a break point at 4-all and in the following game he was two points away from victory at ‘deuce’ – Sampras delivered an ace. The young Swede [19] created a match point leading 6:5, but Sampras powerfully served to his backhand and replied to a defensive return with an overhead (his only smash in the entire contest). Entertaining match was concluded in an anti-climatic tie-break, deprived of longer rallies (just service winners & quick errors), Sampras immediately led 3:0* and won it 7/3 with a service winner.

The second “Mercedes Super 9” event of 1995 in which Americans faced Swedes in the semifinals (Key Biscayne: Agassi d. Larsson, Sampras d. Bjorkman… Montreal: Agassi d. Wilander, Sampras d. Enqvist). One month later USA play Sweden in the Davis Cup semifinal and the Montreal semifinals are repeated with the same outcome.

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