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  1. Voo de Mar says:
    The match lasted 2 hours 9 minutes (’37-’44-’48)
    Total points: 102-68 | 31-17, 31-24, 40-27 |
    Points won directly behind the serve:
    28 % Ferrero – 20 of 70
    24 % Verkerk – 24 of 100

    Verkerk [46] began the final on his serve with two net-cords… Actually the only interesting moment occurred in the mid-3rd set when the Dutchman held after 8 deuces saving six break points and had two break points in the following game to level at 3 games apiece. Ferrero [3] finished the tournament with his trademark shot – a blistering cross-court forehand.

    Ferrero’s route to the title:
    1 Michel Kratochvil 7-5, 7-5, 6-4
    2 Nicolas Massu 6-2, 3-0 ret.
    3 Tim Henman 4-6, 6-2, 6-4, 6-2
    4 Felix Mantilla 6-2, 6-1, 6-1
    Q Fernando Gonzalez 6-1, 3-6, 6-1, 5-7, 6-4
    S Albert Costa 6-3, 7-6(5), 6-4
    W Martin Verkerk 6-1, 6-3, 6-2

    • MultiStar83 says:
      This match was closer than the lopsided scoreline would suggest: there were many long games which Ferrero came on top in the end. Unfortunately, Verkerk was very nervous in this final and he could not confirm his strong performances from earlier rounds. Something you can often observe when complete underdogs make a Grand Slam final for the first time. Also it was quite windy conditions and Verkerk’s serve – his biggest weapon apart from his forehand – was not working as it should be. This was a big factor working against him. Martin Verkerk was a very risky “all or nothing” kind of player. He had a great fortnight then, because all big shots he hit went in,…apart from this final against Ferrero. So sad he was a “one-hit-wonder”, but people also forget that he had many injuries after his Roland Garros final in 2003. Who knows what he could have achieved otherwise?

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