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  1. Voo de Mar says:
    Points won by each set: | 28-13, 33-30 |
    Points won directly behind the serve:
    29 % Rios – 14 of 47
    28 % Kuerten – 16 of 57

    The first pro meeting between the two most gifted South American players born in the 70s (Rios won their three junior matches). Rios [3] was already the best in the world a few months, Kuerten was two years before obtaining that goal, but the Brazilian had already won a major title in contrary to the Chilean. So on paper it was an exciting match-up, unfortunately the entire semifinal lasted as long as standard tie-break sets on clay – only 60 minutes. That semifinal turned to be decisive for the event because A.Costa suffered an injury in the other semifinal and Rios was awarded a walkover in the final. It was a huge setback because at the time, they both seemed to be in great form. The French Open ’98 draw collided them in the fourth round, it seemed that the winner of that match would become the champion, yet Rios lost his another match to Carlos Moya.

    Rios’ route to his 9th title:
    1 Marzio Martelli 6-3, 6-0
    2 Tim Henman 6-3, 6-1
    3 Thomas Muster 6-3, 6-1
    Q Richard Krajicek 7-6(9), 6-3
    S Gustavo Kuerten 6-0, 7-5
    W Albert Costa w/o

    Serve & volley: Rios 2/2, Kuerten 0

    Rios saved two set points in the tie-break against Krajicek

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