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  1. Voo de Mar says:
    Points won directly behind the serve:
    25 % Safin – 12 of 48
    26 % Levy – 12 of 45

    Prior to the final, the almost 22-year-old Levy [144] of Israel, had just participated in 8 main-level tournaments. It was only when serving for the match that Safin [9] almost let Levy back, but he recovered from 0/40 to win the title in just 54 minutes. “I have more experience than him,” said Safin, explaining the ease of his victory. “He got a little bit nervous and didn’t know what to do or where to go. It was nothing else, because he can play unbelievable tennis. But in the final it’s a little bit tough. Of course my serve gave me confidence because it makes the game much easier, but I knew how to play him. It wasn’t only (a question of) the serve. I could play without, but sometimes you need it to keep him under pressure.” Two weeks later they face each other again, in the second round of Indianapolis, and Safin wins 6-4, 6-2. For Levy, the final in Canada remained actually his only result worth mentioning. He played another ATP final in Nottingham ’01.

    Safin’s route to his 4th title:
    1 Jonas Bjorkman 6-4, 1-6, 6-3
    2 Andrei Pavel 6-7(5), 6-3, 6-0
    3 Nicolas Escude 3-2 ret.
    Q Pete Sampras 6-4, 3-6, 7-6(8) – 3 m.p.
    S Wayne Ferreira 6-2, 5-7, 6-4
    W Harel Levy 6-2, 6-3

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