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  1. Voo de Mar says:
    Points won by each set: | 29-17, 61-50 |
    Points won directly behind the serve:
    29 % Rios – 21 of 71
    19 % Tillstrom – 17 of 86

    !Rios [6] opened up the 2nd set with four consecutive aces (wide – down the T – wide – wide), but Tillstrom [142, qualifier] saved a break point in the following game & later led 5:3*. Rios held at ‘love’ and unusually three long games in a row occurred (with 16 deuces in total): Tillstrom wasted a set point at 5:4 (forehand error), four break points at 5-all, then trailing *5:6 he saved five match points. It was quite nervous situation for the Chilean, who six days earlier had squandered four match points in the Shanghai final, losing 6-2, 3-6, 5-7 to fellow Swede – Magnus Norman.

    Rios’ route to his 15th title:
    1 Fredrik Jonsson 6-4, 6-2
    2 Daniel Nestor 6-4, 6-1
    Q Jan-Michael Gambill 6-4, 6-4
    S Lleyton Hewitt 7-5, 6-3
    W Mikael Tillstrom 6-2, 7-6(5)

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