Points won by each set: [ 31-21, 39-43, 27-22 ]
Points won directly behind the serve:
42 % Sampras – 43 of 102
41 % Safin – 34 of 81
Their third meeting on Arthur Ashe Stadium, and for the third time one-sided. Two champions of the event, but Sampras  getting older, so his straight-sets victory could be the least anticipated. Who knows what could have been if the chair-umpire (Wayne McKewan) hadn’t overruled linesman’s decision at 5:4* (40/30) for Safin  in the 2nd set – Sampras got ace on his first serve, but the replay didn’t undoubtedly tell if the ball touched the line or not (still a couple of years before the hawk-eye introduction). The Russian was a better player in that set (he also had two break points at 2:1), but on Sampras’ second set point he made a very bad error with his forehand and at 1:2 in the 3rd set he committed two consecutive double faults which basically cost him the match.