Points won by each set: [ 30-21, 26-28, 37-35, 30-22 ]
Points won directly on serve:
38 % Sampras – 44 of 114
33 % Henman – 39 of 115

The first of Henman’s four Wimbledon semifinals, the second of them he’ll lose to Sampras [1] after very similar 4-setter one year later # In both those semifinals Henman [18] was within two games of leading either 2-1 or 2-0 respectively, but in those crucial sets he actually hadn’t a real opportunity. In the 3rd set of the 1998 semifinal, Sampras firmly held six times and broke in the 12th game fending off Henman’s game point with a terrific forehand return winner (before that, Henman had saved two set points). That what had happened in the two preceding sets were rather unexpected. The Brit began the match serving very well, created a break point leading 3:2 (Sampras saved it with an ace), then he lost 5 games in a row to win 4 games in a row afterwards (the first break Henman got with the help of 3 lobs in 3 consecutive points)! From the beginning of the 2nd set Henman was playing majority of his 2nd serve points from the baseline, and this tactics cost him a break as he trailed *1:2 (30-all) in the 4th set – Sampras attacked the net twice to get both points with volley winners.

# Comparison of their two Wimbledon semifinals:
1998: Sampras d. Henman 6-3, 4-6, 7-5, 6-3… 2 hours 24 minutes… Total points: 123-106 (aces: 15-7)
1999: Sampras d. Henman 3-6, 6-4, 6-3, 6-4… 2 hours 46 minutes… Total points: 133-118 (aces: 13-2)

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