Points won by each set: [ 25-34, 46-42, 42-36 ]
Points won directly behind the serve:
16 % Massu – 18 of 111
19 % Gonzalez – 22 of 114

Nicolas Massu – the biggest specialist of co-producing more than three-hour ‘best of 3’ matches. His record in meetings that lasted 3 hours 12 minutes at least (the time of his win over Gonzalez) is 9-3, but I suppose among those nine hard-fought victories, this one is the most valuable for him. The occasion was special: home-town, night session (concluded 2:20 a.m.), tightly packed, snappy crowd and his friend, fellow Chilean on the other side of the net, who had won their two previous (and following three) ATP matches. In the 2nd set Massu [69] saved a double mini-match point at 4-all; in the 3rd set Gonzalez [14] improved from *1:5 (30-all) to 4:5 – then the objective spectators started to cheer for the local boy, chanting “Nico! Nico!” and it helped – Massu won easily the last game of the semifinal with the help of two unreturned serves. In the final he lost 4-6, 3-6 to Jose Acasuso though.

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