toronto96ferreira_woodbridge

toronto96ferreira_woodbridge

Points won by each set: [ 31-22, 32-26 ]
Points won directly behind the serve:
40 % Ferreira – 22 of 55
19 % Woodbridge – 11 of 56

1996 – a year of the Olympics, because of that the 7th event (Canadian Open) of the prestigious series was moved to the week preceding the US Open – it caused that only 3 out of the best 10 players in the world took part in it (Muster, Ivanisevic, Ferreira). The 25-year-old finalists paid the price for a week in Canada. Even though Toronto is a neighbouring city to the New York state, they lost two days later in the US Open first round, being beaten by much inferior opponents in four sets. The final was their eighth and last mutual meeting: Woodbridge [43] played poorly, not being able to deal with opponent’s serve which finished their rivalry at 6-2 in favour of the South African. At the time it’d been the best result in careers of them both, arguably they overcame those results with Woodbridge’s Wimbledon ’97 semifinal & Ferreira’s [10] triumphing in Stuttgart ’00 – a tournament of the same grade, but much better seeded. In retrospect Ferreira’s success is more valuable because he’d defeated i.a. young, inexperienced guys like Novak [47] & Henman [37], who became very good players later on.

Ferreira’s route to his 13th title:
2 Jiri Novak 7-5, 6-3
3 Tim Henman 6-4, 6-4
Q Thomas Enqvist 7-5, 6-2
S Todd Martin 4-6, 6-3, 7-5
W Todd Woodbridge 6-2, 6-4

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