Points won by each set: [ 30-23, 33-30, 44-47, 32-37, 27-13 ]
Points won directly behind the serve:
25 % Leconte – 44 of 176… 35 % Noah – 50 of 140
Winners by percentage:
49 % Leconte – 82 of 166… 29 % Noah – 44 of 150

Beautiful serve-and-volley match between doubles partners and two best French players at the time. The 22-year-old Leconte [43] was an underdog, he’d lost three previous meetings to his three years older friend, yet he found inspiration which almost allowed him to win in straight sets – he squandered a mini-match point at 4-all in the 3rd set missing an easy backhand pass. It was remarkable that Noah [11] couldn’t break despite chances in six games, finally on his 12th break point chance, he broke at 3-all in the 4th set, and it seemed that his big experience in five-setters would give him another victory over Leconte, however, the lower ranked Frenchman found inspiration once again, and broke Noah’s serve twice in the decider playing his best returns that day. Leconte won the 3-hour 17-minute contest with a backhand volley saving another break point in the last game of the match. “If tennis could be like that every day it would be fantastic,” Leconte said. “I thought it was a great match for everyone.” Leconte advanced to a major quarterfinal for the first time (nine quarterfinals in total) and became an elite player for the next three years.

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