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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

    Third clay-court meeting between them in 2000 (they were the best players in the world at the time). 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). In the Parisian final, Kuerten needed 11 match points in three different games to clinch the victory after 3 hours 46 minutes! Earlier on, he was serving at 2:4 in the 4th set. The 4th set lasting 95 minutes is one of the longest sets in the Grand Slam finals. Boris Becker, who awarded the players during the ceremony, said it was the best set he’d ever seen. Norman in that set survived three service games 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

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