Points won by each set: [ 34-39, 47-43, 36-31 ]
Points won directly behind the serve:
11 % Mantilla – 14 of 118
11 % Kafelnikov – 13 of 112

Two 29-year-old guys, former Top 10’ers (Kafelnikov even No. 1) who’d never won Masters 1K title, so it was a great opportunity for them both, especially with the knowledge that already booked his place in the final Federer, who wasn’t considered as a contender to clay-court titles at the time…
Counting that loss, the Russian was beaten in 4 of his 5 consecutive matches, every time in deciding sets, which contributed to his decision about retirement at the end of 2003. Throughout his career he had very good record in deciding sets, then after 3-set defeats in Rome (Mantilla) & Halle (Kucera) as well as 5-set defeats at Roland Garros (Saretta) & Wimbledon (Sluiter), he realized that is not able to produce his best tennis against theoretically inferior opponents when matches last around 3 hours. His [24] match vs Mantilla [47] lasted 2 hours 40 minutes, but could last one hour shorter. It looked like one of the tightest two-setters without a tie-break you can imagine – the Russian came back from *3:4 (15/40) & 4-all (0/40) in the opener, and 2:4* (30/40) in the 2nd set when hit three BH winners, and was serving at 6:5 (15-all) – lost four straight points then. After the 7/3 tie-break, Kafelnikov seemed tired, but gave everything he had trailing 2:5* (15/30) and almost came back, at 4:5 (30-all) he was just one centimetre from a break point; if the linesman hadn’t called the good ball ‘out’, Kafelnikov would have probably won the point. The Spaniard converted his first match point with a backhand down the line winner. “If you give them a chance and play a tentative, defensive game like they do, they can hit that yellow ball for a long time,” Kafelnikov said about facing the Spaniards.

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