wb01rafter_agassi

Points won directly behind the serve:
40 % Rafter – 66 of 161
26 % Agassi – 35 of 132

Their third consecutive Wimbledon semifinal, and second year running Rafter got a spot in the final after a 5-setter. The fact he won the 5th set in 2001 was like a miracle because Agassi had many chances to take that set; he wasted:
– double break point at 2:0 (+ another two adv. break points)
– break point at 3:1
– he also led 5:3 & 5:4 (30/15) on serve when one of the longest rallies of the match occurred
– finally had a mini-match point at 6-all
Rafter fought off six break points in the final set with four service winners & two volley winners – especially the first reflex-volley at 0:2 (15/40) was impressive. The Australian fired 30 aces (10 in the final set) which is his career-high; 3 out of 30 aces behind the second serves.

# Comparison of their back-to-back WB semifinals:
2000: Rafter d. Agassi 7-5, 4-6, 7-5, 4-6, 6-3… 3 hours 18 minutes… Total points: 162-157
2001: Rafter d. Agassi 2-6, 6-3, 3-6, 6-2, 8-6… 3 hours 0 minutes… Total points: 148-145

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