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  led 4:2 on serve in the 2nd serve, but Rafter  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.