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Points won by each set: [ 40-32, 25-11, 36-45, 34-29 ]
Points won directly behind the serve:
38 % Grosjean – 49 of 126
25 % Kafelnikov – 32 of 126

Every year Paris-Bercy is a tournament in which there’s a group of players fighting for the last place(s) in Masters (ATP World Tour Finals). Majority of them has only theoretical chances; in 2001 it was Grosjean’s case – he needed to win the event to qualify, which was highly unlikely when the event kicked off because he had won just one ATP event. The Frenchman [8] took advantage of very beneficial draw to advance to the semifinals where he faced Haas, who’d seemed to be certain of his participation in the season-ending championship because all he needed was to avoid a situation that Grosjean was a champion. So basically Haas had his destiny in own hands… he lost, but Grosjean still needed one more victory. In the final he faced Kafelnikov [6] to whom had lost all their three previous meetings. The Russian was very determined because he had never won a Masters 1K title in four previous final attempts # He came back from a break down in the 3rd set (3:4), saved break points in two games of the set No. 4, led 30/0 at 4-all, but ultimately succumbed on third match point after 2 hours 44 minutes, making an overhead error. “He was on top of his game and making winners from impossible angles,” said the Russian. Grosjean not only made a miracle participating in Masters, he reached the final of that event (!), beating in the semifinal… Kafelnikov, 6-4 6-2.

Grosjean’s route to his 2nd title:
2 Dominik Hrbaty 6-1, 6-4
3 Christophe Rochus 6-0, 3-6, 6-0
Q Hicham Arazi 6-2, 6-2
S Tommy Haas 7-5, 6-4
W Yevgeny Kafelnikov 7-6(3), 6-1, 6-7(5), 6-4

# Kafelnikov lost all his five Masters 1K finals (Hamburg ’94, Paris ’96, Stuttgart ’98, Montreal ’99, Paris ’01)

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