Srichaphan  was the hottest player at the end of 2002. After semifinal in Tokyo & quarterfinal in Madrid, he won a title in Stockholm before losing the semifinal in Paris, so he finished the season having won 15 out of 18 matches. It was the first of his three Masters 1K semifinals, and he seemed like a potential ultimate winner as he had a triple break point at 3-all coming back in convincing style from a 1:3* deficit in the 3rd set, being strongly supported by the Parisian crowd. Hewitt  fought off the triple break point quickly, the second BP with a service winner, perhaps the ball was long, still a few years before the haw-eye introduction then.
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