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  1. Voo de Mar says:
    Points won by each set: | 37-29, 34-33, 21-34, 67-61 |
    Points won directly behind the serve:
    22 % Kuerten – 32 of 144
    10 % Norman – 18 of 172

    The two best clay-courters that year, and third clay-court meeting between them in 2000. In the Italian Open final Norman won 6-3, 4-6, 6-4, 6-4, but on the following week Kuerten avenged it 6-4, 6-2 (Hamburg, quarterfinal). In the Parisian final, Kuerten [5] needed 11 match points in three different games (tie-breaks included) to clinch the victory after 3 hours 46 minutes (the longest four-setter in careers of them both)! Earlier on, he was serving at 2:4 in the 4th set. # The 4th set lasting 95 minutes it is one of the longest sets in the Grand Slam finals, also the longest tie-break set I know in terms of total points played (128 points). Boris Becker, who awarded the players during the ceremony, said it was the best set he’d ever seen. Norman survived three service games in that set, fending off 11 break points (20 deuces).

    Kuerten’s route to his 8th title (2nd major):
    1 Andreas Vinciguerra 6-0, 6-0, 6-3
    2 Marcelo Charpentier 7-6(5), 6-2, 6-2
    3 Michael Chang 6-3, 6-7(9), 6-1, 6-4
    4 Nicolas Lapentti 6-3, 6-4, 7-6(4)
    Q Yevgeny Kafelnikov 6-3, 3-6, 4-6, 6-4, 6-2
    S Juan Carlos Ferrero 7-5, 4-6, 2-6, 6-4, 6-3
    W Magnus Norman 6-2, 6-3, 2-6, 7-6(6)

    # Kuerten 5 points away from defeat to Kafelnikov and 8 points away from defeat to Ferrero
  2. Voo de Mar says:
    The only other TB set I know when both players won more than 60 points:
    US Open 1998: Moya d. Chang 3-6, 1-6, 7-6, 6-4, 6-3… 3rd set lasted 80 minutes (total points: 63-61)

    The two longest tie-break sets for over a decade had played Nicolas Massu, both in Davis Cup:
    2007: Sela 3-6, 4-6, 7-6, 4-6… 3rd set lasted 109 minutes (total points: 57-53)
    2009: Koubek 6-4, 4-6, 6-4, 7-6… 4th set lasted 108 minutes (total points: 56-51)

    His records have been overcome in Acapulco 2022
    A.Zverev d. Brooksby 3-6, 7-6, 6-2… 2nd set lasted 111 minutes (total points: 59-59)

    The longest TB set at Slams:
    US Open 1987: Lendl d. Wilander 6-7, 6-0, 7-6, 6-4… 3rd set lasted 100 minutes (total points: 55-51)

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