toronto96ferreira_martin

toronto96ferreira_martin

Points won by each set: [ 32-32, 30-25, 39-33 ]
Points won directly behind the serve:
34 % Ferreira – 33 of 96
28 % Martin – 27 of 95

Ferreira [10] and Martin [13], two distinctive players of the 90s, actually around the same place in tennis history – Ferreira was overall better in ATP events (never played a GS final), Martin better in Grand Slams (two GS finals, but only one Masters 1K final while Ferreira got two titles at that level). That Canadian Open semifinal seems quite important in retrospect because if Martin had won it, perhaps he could have claimed at least one big title in his career (he could be a heavy favourite in the final vs Woodbridge). The American had a point for a 2:0 lead in the decider, but didn’t convert it and lost three straight games. Ferreira serving at 5:4 wasted a match point, but broke immediately and won the night-session encounter after 1 hour 54 minutes with his trademark shot: inside-out forehand… Even though they played on the tour for another eight years, it was their last meeting (Ferreira edged 4-1 #).

# Comparison of their two similar semi-finals:
Queens ’93: Ferreira d. Martin 6-7, 6-3, 7-5… 2 hour 13 minutes… Total points: 111-99… Breaks: 3-1
Toronto ’96: Ferreira d. Martin 4-6, 6-3, 7-5… 1 hour 54 minutes… Total points: 101-90… Breaks: 3-2

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