toronto98rafter_krajicek

Points won by each set: | 41-40, 33-21 |
Points won directly behind the serve:
33 % Rafter – 23 of 69
30 % Krajicek – 20 of 66

Krajicek was a favorite leading 5:1 in their rivalry. The Dutchman squandered a mini-set point at 4-all in the 1st set (Rafter’s forehand winner) and led *3:1 in the 2nd set when the serve completely deserted him – Rafter won the last twelve points of the final from *3:4. Rafter became the first man to win the Canadian Open not dropping a set since Lendl in 1988. “I couldn’t punish him on my serve,” Krajicek said. “That’s a shame.” “He really destroys me a lot with that forehand and the times that I did go there I got lucky on them,” Rafter said.

Rafter’s route to his 5th title:
2 Neville Godwin 7-5, 6-3
3 Mark Philippoussis 6-3, 6-3
Q Jonas Bjorkman 6-3, 6-2
S Tim Henman 6-2, 6-4
W Richard Krajicek 7-6(3), 6-4

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