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  1. Voo de Mar says:
    Points won by each set: | 47-45, 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, the Swiss survived four games saving break points (7 BPs in total) and broke 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. Arrese levelled, but Rosset put himself in front thrice with majority of unreturned serves. In the last game, Arrese led 40/15, but Rosset levelled, 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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