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  1. Voo de Mar says:
    Points won by each set: 174-178 | 49-50, 28-23, 27-36, 30-34, 40-35 |
    Points won directly behind the serve:
    37 % Rosset – 66 of 177
    16 % Arrese – 27 of 168

    In that 5-hour 3-minute final, Rosset struck 35 aces (15, 1, 4, 6, 9) – over many years it was a clay-court record. The opener was quite peculiar given the wasted chances to break (especially on clay): the Swiss survived four games facing 7 break points in total (Arrese witstood 4 BPs in two games) before finally breaking in the first game of the 2nd set. About the 3rd set decided its middle – Arrese held twice with the help of 4 deuces in each game, breaking Rosset between. There was 4-all in the 4th set when the Spaniard took two straight games. In the decider Rosset led 4:1* (40-all) – the only ‘deuce’ in that set before the last game of the match came then. Arrese levelled at 4-all, but Rosset put himself in front thrice with an abundance of unreturned serves. In the last game, Arrese led 40/15, but Rosset got to deuce thanks to errors, and won the last two points with forehand winners. “A couple of times, I wanted to go to the locker room and have a couple of Cokes,” Rosset said, “but then, I knew if I did that, everybody would want to kill me. You can’t quit just because you are tired.” The 22-year-old Rosset was ranked 44 at the time, while the 28-year-old Arrese No. 30. Already reaching the semifinals meant a huge achievement for them both!

    Rosset’s (SUI) route to the Gold Medal:
    1 Karim Alami (MOR) 6-2, 4-6, 2-1 ret.
    2 Wayne Ferreira (RSA) 6-4, 6-0, 6-2
    3 Jim Courier (USA) 6-4, 6-2, 6-1
    Q Emilio Sanchez (ESP) 6-4, 7-6(2), 3-6, 7-6(9)
    S Goran Ivanisevic (CRO) 6-3, 7-5, 6-2
    W Jordi Arrese (ESP) 7-6(2), 6-4, 3-6, 4-6, 8-6

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