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  1. Voo de Mar says:
    Points won by each set: | 18-30, 26-17, 27-36, 37-27, 26-14 |
    Points won directly behind the serve:
    22 % Ferrero – 26 of 117
    23 % Kuerten – 33 of 141

    The second most important clay-court tournament and the two best players on that surface at the time, met in the final. Ferrero [9] began it below expectations trailing 1:5* (30/40), but once he got his first break, he settled down and his persistent ground-strokes off both wings started to dominate over Kuerten’s [1] versatile game-style. Even though the Spaniard lost the 3rd set by a four-game difference, he wasted break points in Guga’s three service games. The only break of the 4th set came at 3-all when Kuerten shanked his backhand at 30/40. After the 3-hour 4-minute final at the Italian Open, Ferrero had won 17 of his 19 last matches on clay – he improved the record to 22 of 24 after another ‘Masters 1K’ event in Hamburg. “With Kuerten it’s difficult to win in straight sets,” the 21-year-old Ferrero said. “When he started strong I told myself, ‘don’t worry, you have time. This tournament does give me more confidence going into Roland Garros.” The loss ended an 11-match winning streak for Kuerten, who triumphed in Monte Carlo. “He made me run a lot,” acknowledged the Brazilian after the Rome final, “When you play a guy like Ferrero for five sets, for sure you don’t finish as well as you start.” Nevertheless when they met at Roland Garros a month later, Kuerten produced a quite surprising revenge winning convincingly in three sets…

    Ferrero’s route to his 5th title:
    1 Sjeng Schalken 6-3, 7-5
    2 Marcelo Rios 6-1, 6-3
    3 Julien Boutter 6-3, 6-2
    Q Wayne Ferreira 6-0, 6-2
    S Nicolas Lapentti 6-3, 6-3
    W Gustavo Kuerten 3-6, 6-1, 2-6, 6-4, 6-2

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