Unexpected, two-hour semifinal between 22-year-old players. Moya  had physically demanding route to the semifinal (albeit surprisingly easy QF vs Larsson), and perhaps because of that he began slowly, serving his 1st serve with the speed of his 2nd serves. He was broken twice, but in the 2nd set when he was playing his normal tennis, the Australian  broke him at 3-all. It looked like a beat-down, but the Spaniard changed his tactics at the beginning of the 3rd set implementing serve-and-volley attitude (even behind second serves). He escaped from a triple mini-match point at 5-all being aggressive all the time. Moya had barely avoided defeats to Chang & Gambill, three matches won of this type within two weeks it was too much for him. Admittedly he escaped with S&V actions again from 0/40 at 2-all in the 4th set, but in the 7th game ‘Scud’ finally broke, having wasted 9 break points in a row (linesman called Moya’s foot faults twice in that game annoying him). Six months later they face each other in the Indian Wells final and Philippoussis claims his biggest title.
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