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  1. Voo de Mar says:
    Points won by each set: | 33-25, 29-25 |
    Points won directly behind the serve:
    32 % Siemerink – 17 of 52
    43 % Rusedski – 26 of 60

    Typical indoor match (between two serve-and-volleyers) of the 90s at its finest or at its worse, depending on the point of view. Only 2-3 stroke rallies, no time wasted. Rusedski [14] lost because of 2 lousy service games out of his 10 (both occurred at 2-all). He led 1:0* (40/0) in the 2nd set – the Dutchman responded with an ace & two service winners then. “Return was the key for my victory. He served hard, but I was reading his serve better than he read mine” Siemerink said. Rusedski won on return just 5 points in 1st and 6 points in 2nd set… “Swan song” for the 28-year-old Siemerink [20] – after that triumph he lost 7 of his next 8 matches and was gradually falling in the ATP ranking until he made a decision to call it a career four years later…

    Siemerink’s route to his 4th & last title:
    1 Guillermo Canas 6-3, 6-4
    2 Jerome Golmard 3-6, 6-3, 6-4
    Q Roger Federer 7-6(5), 6-2
    S Thomas Johansson 6-3, 3-6, 7-5
    W Greg Rusedski 6-4, 6-4

    The 17-year-old qualifier Federer [878] won his first two ATP matches then (it was his second main-level event)

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