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Points won directly behind the serve:
18 % Corretja – 20 of 110
13 % Rios – 13 of 94

Rather ugly final of two players, who entered the French Open ’97 as the main favorites, (and both lost in the fourth round). Rios was visibly tired after three straight matches concluded in deciding sets… In the 1st set Corretja held at 0:2 after 9 deuces (17 minutes) saving two break points: an ace & Rios’ backhand error. In the 2nd set the Chilean led 5:4 (30-all) on serve. “I thought that if I don’t win that game, the set is almost gone and it will be tough to beat him,” said Correjta on the 3rd game of the match. “It was really important to win that game. Mentally, I began to believe in myself more and more.” Following Monte Carlo, it was their second ‘Mercedes Super 9’ final that year.

Corretja’s route to his 3rd title:
1 Hicham Arazi 6-0, 6-3
2 Arnaud Boetsch 6-2, 6-3
3 Carlos Moya 6-4, 6-4
Q Karim Alami 4-6, 7-5, 6-3
S Goran Ivanisevic 7-6(5), 7-6(4)
W Marcelo Rios 7-5, 7-5, 6-3

# Corretja was two games away from defeat to Alami; against Ivanisevic (2:01 hrs), he trailed *3:5 in the 1st set and broke his opponent for the only time in the match in the 10th game, and saved a set point in the 2nd set.

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