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  1. Voo de Mar says:
    Points won by each set: | 38-42, 35-27, 34-26, 24-43, 34-30 |
    Points won directly behind the serve:
    28 % Hewitt – 46 of 164
    31 % Roddick – 51 of 160

    A day after 30 y.o. Sampras defeated 31 y.o. Agassi surviving an epic 4-set battle of the best players of the 90s, 20 y.o. Hewitt ousted 19 y.o. Roddick in a match that seemed like an inception of the biggest rivalry of the new decade. Hewitt [4] looked like someone who would replace Agassi being rock-solid off both wings, while Roddick [18] similarly to Sampras, already as a teenager possessed fantastic serve & forehand (yet Roddick’s net-game was nowhere near to Sampras’ skills). At the time it was rather impossible to predict that 20 y.o. Federer [13] would win more matches than Hewitt & Roddick combined!
    There was 4-all in the decider when Hewitt fought off two mini-match points: with a forehand winner after quite long rally & an unreturned serve. The umpire Jorge Diaz helped Hewitt considerably – he called ‘out’ Roddick’s cross-court stroke in the opening point of the last game. The young American was furious because Diaz had called the ball on the far sideline, and replay showed that he probably misjudged. Hewitt won that game at 30 converting his first match point with a stunning backhand pass, and celebrated with the face on the ground. # Eight years later Roddick avenges surviving a similar five-setter in which Hewitt has a point to lead 5:4, but on his serve.

    Serve & volley: Hewitt 2/2, Roddick 0/2

    # Comparison of their two GS quarterfinals:
    US Open 2001: Hewitt d. Roddick 6-7, 6-3, 6-4, 3-6, 6-4… 3 hours 40 minutes… Total points: 165-159… 5 pts away
    Wimbledon 2009: Roddick d. Hewitt 6-3, 6-7, 7-6, 4-6, 6-4… 3 hours 51 minutes… Total points: 183-174… 5 pts away

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