uo98rafter_bjorkman

Points won by each set: [ 31-18, 30-23, 43-40 ]
Points won directly on serve:
33 % Rafter – 30 of 89
23 % Bjorkman – 23 of 96

Unexpectedly easy win for Rafter [3] – even though he was a defending champion – because Bjorkman [12] led 4:2 in their H2H at the time. Rafter almost notched a perfect match, he led *4:3 (40/30) in the 3rd set when the Swede – who was trying everything – finally broke and put himself a couple of times within two points from the 4th set at 5:4… Bjorkman was the first of three Swedes who lost at the US Open ’98 quarter-finals, three of them at this stage of a major appeared for the first time since the Australian Open ’90.

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