An all-serve-and-volley duel between powerful servers, with an average rally rarely consisted of four strokes or more. Sampras  was six points away from winning in straight sets (4-all, deuce in the 2nd set on Krajicek’s serve) and three points in the decider (when Sampras cut in the tie-break from *3:6 to 5:6). The only break of the match (10th game of the 2nd set) occurred when Sampras committed three double faults; no break point in the 3rd set. “I just like to play him and his game suits me somehow,” Krajicek  said after his fifth victory in seven matches against Sampras. Their tie-break records after the match for the 1998 season: Krajicek 25-11, Sampras 25-8… In the final Krajicek fired 21 aces and didn’t face a break point in three sets against Kafelnikov. The Dutchman said afterwards: “My serve was very important. I returned well also. You can’t win only with serve.” He earned $376.000 while Kafelnikov picked up $198.000. Looking in retrospect Krajicek’s triumph is even more impressive – he defeated five former or future Nos. 1 & 2!
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