Points won by each set: [ 37-31, 51-44, 25-16 ]
Points won directly behind the serve:
31 % Agassi – 27 of 85
36 % Rafter – 44 of 119

The first of three consecutive Wimbledon semifinals between Agassi [4] and Rafter [2], the only one played on Court No. 1. The stake was big – not only advancement to the final of the most prestigious event, but also reaching No. 1 in the world. Rafter had his chances in the first two sets – in the opener he squandered a double set point leading 5:4 (Agassi’s overheads & forced FH error), in the following set he led 5:4 (30/0). Actually those two games were the only ones when the Australian created a perspective to break Agassi. There was even a period when Agassi won around 20 points on serve not counting two double faults. The impressive streak of dominance in baseline rallies was initiated at the end of the 1st set when Agassi – in untypical style for himself – got two straight points with serve-and-volley winners. The helpless Rafter tried once to be patient from the back of the court leading 3:2 in the 2nd set, but Agassi punished him with a forehand winner in a 31-stroke rally.

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