rg97kuerten_bruguera

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  1. Voo de Mar says:
    Points won by each set: | 32-21, 45-37, 34-26 |
    Points won directly behind the serve:
    19 % Kuerten – 16 of 83
    8 % Bruguera – 9 of 112

    [66] Kuerten’s just 20th main-level tournament. He won seven matches in Paris although he hadn’t even won three in a row in one tournament before! In the crucial 2nd set, Kuerten saved three mini-set points at 4-all. Their first meeting, met thrice overall, all won by the Brazilian. [19] Bruguera’s end of being the most successful player in Paris of the 90s; he triumphed in the years 1993-94, lost the semifinal in 1995 and the second round in 1996, but defeated by the top seed Sampras. He was just 26 but never played in the third round afterwards.

    Kuerten’s route to his maiden (!) title:
    1 Slava Dosedel 6-0, 7-5, 6-4
    2 Jonas Bjorkman 6-4, 6-2, 4-6, 7-5
    3 Thomas Muster 6-7(3), 6-1, 6-3, 3-6, 6-4
    4 Andrei Medvedev 5-7, 6-1, 6-2, 1-6, 7-5
    Q Yevgeny Kafelnikov 6-2, 5-7, 2-6, 6-0, 6-4
    S Filip Dewulf 6-1, 3-6, 6-1, 7-6(4)
    W Sergi Bruguera 6-3, 6-4, 6-2

    # Kuerten 5 points away from losing two consecutive matches: trailed *0:3 & 3:4 (15/30) in the 5th set vs Muster (Guga saved Muster’s two game points at 4-all); against Medvedev, he saved a triple mini-match point at 4-all in the decider (halted a day before at 2-all in that set)… Kuerten’s three consecutive five-setters lasted: 3:08h, 2:45h & 2:30h

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