rg97rafter_blanco

rg97rafter_blanco

Points won by each set: | 27-17, 47-43, 35-27 |
Points won directly behind the serve:
48 % Rafter – 42 of 86
25 % Blanco – 28 of 110

Above all it was Rafter’s amazing service performance! He took full advantage of Blanco’s height (just 170 cm) with his kick-serves and basically turned clay into a hard-court. Admittedly the Spaniard [111] led 4:2 on serve in the 2nd serve, but Rafter [25] failed to convert break points in as many as four Blanco’s service games in that set… It was extraordinary edition of the French Open, 6 out of 8 quarterfinalists were unexpected, Blanco the most among them because in the first five months of the ’97 season he managed to win just 1 match (losing six) so he was quite lucky that he entered the even without playing in the qualies.

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