vienna98sampras_kucera

Points won by each set: [ 31-25, 44-39, 36-24 ]
Points won directly on serve:
34 % Sampras – 35 of 101
24 % Kucera – 24 of 98

# Almost a copy of their US Open quarter-final played in the previous month. In both matches Sampras [1] won the 1st & 3rd sets easily, while in the middle sets of those matches he allowed Kucera [7] to be within a game from stealing the set – closer in Vienna as he trailed 5:6 (30-all) on his second serve. Sampras was awesome at the beginning of the final in the Austrian capital – he led 6-3 2:0* (deuce) having already served 9 of his 13 aces. In the 3rd set he broke at 2:1 after seven deuces.

Sampras’ route to his 56th title:
1 Jan Kroslak 6-2, 7-5
2 Jeff Tarango 5-7, 6-1, 6-3
Q Tim Henman 6-0, 6-3
S Todd Martin 6-3, 7-6(3)
W Karol Kucera 6-3, 7-6(3), 6-1

# Their two similar three-setters within 1.5 months:
US Open (QF): Sampras d. Kucera 6-3, 7-5, 6-4… 1 hour 48 minutes… Total points: 108-79 (aces: 13-4)
Vienna (F): Sampras d. Kucera 6-3, 7-6, 6-1… 2 hours 3 minutes… Total points: 111-88 (aces: 13-10)

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