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Points won by each set: | 49-51, 43-42, 28-23, 23-30, 28-14 |
Points won directly behind the serve:
43 % Sampras – 67 of 155
46 % Ivanisevic – 82 of 176

Sampras had break points in three different games of the 1st set, he didn’t serve an ace in that set! He needed 8 service games and the tie-break to serve his first – when he did, it was followedby another two aces. In the 2nd set, he saved two set points in the tie-break (5:6 & 7:8) – both with service winners off the second serves. From 2-all in the 5th, Sampras won 16 out of the last 19 points. # Reminiscence of their Wimbledon match three years before.

Sampras’ route to his 55th title:
1 Dominik Hrbaty 6-3, 6-3, 6-2
2 Mikael Tillstrom 6-4, 6-4, 7-6(5)
3 Thomas Enqvist 6-3, 7-6(4), 7-6(3)
4 Sebastien Grosjean 6-3, 6-4, 6-4
Q Mark Philippoussis 7-6(5), 6-4, 6-4
S Tim Henman 6-3, 4-6, 7-5, 6-3
W Goran Ivanisevic 6-7(2), 7-6(9), 6-4, 3-6, 6-2

Comparison of their two Wimbledon five-setters:
1995 (SF): Sampras d. Ivanisevic 7-6, 4-6, 6-3, 4-6, 6-3… 2 hours 33 minutes… Total points: 146-145… Aces: 36-20 Ivanisevic
1998 (F): Sampras d. Ivanisevic 6-7, 7-6, 6-4, 3-6, 6-2… 2 hours 54 minutes… Total points: 171-160… Aces: 32-11 Ivanisevic

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