paris93medvedev_boetsch

paris93medvedev_boetsch

Points won by each set: [ 16-27, 40-36, 42-39 ]
Points won directly on serve:
25 % Medvedev – 25 of 100
23 % Boetsch – 23 of 100

Taking into account the entire career of Boetsch [22], he deserved to play at least one Grand Slam quarterfinal and one Masters 1K final – he didn’t though, because had bad luck in that semifinal against Medvedev [8]… it’s pretty clear to me in retrospect. They played five times against each other, Boetsch easily won for matches, in Paris it was their first meeting and he was close to get an easy victory as well, so it’s an evidence that Medvedev’s style suited Boetsch. The Frenchman had a tremendous support of the partisan crowd, it’s really difficult to explain what happened as he led 6-2, 5:3 (after sensational backhand return to pass the Ukrainian) because he had won the two previous service games at ‘love’. Then, serving for the biggest final in his career he chocked – committed a double fault, followed by two poor serve-and-volleys & shaky backhand to be broken at ‘love’. In the following game Medvedev trailed 0/30 when Boetsch’s forehand, on 22nd stroke, hit the net-cord and the ball stayed on the Frenchman side (he would have probably created a triple match point if the ball had gone over the net). At ‘deuce’ Boetsch netted another forehand from the position he should have created a match point. He lost the tie-break 3/7, but kept composure in the decider, having his chances to break at 2-all & 3-all. There was a streak of six consecutive games that went to ‘deuce’, Boetsch survived a match point at *4:5, but at 5:6 (30/15) made two quick errors, and on the second match point Medvedev played forehand down the line winner to finish it after 2 hours 30 minutes. He notched one of the toughest routes to the Masters 1K finals having defeated before respectively: Mansdorf (6-7 6-3 7-6), Leconte (7-5 6-7 6-3), Woodforde (4-6 7-5 6-4) and Boetsch (2-6 7-6 7-5). He hadn’t enough in the tank to play a competitive final against Ivanisevic.

Serve & volley: Medvedev 5/8, Boetsch 11/21

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