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Points won by each set: [ 35-22, 26-9, 5-3… ]
Points won directly on serve:
14 % Costa – 7 of 50
10 % Corretja – 5 of 48

Strange tournament for Costa [26], his only Masters 1K title. # In the first round he miraculously survived against the triple champion of the event, then easily won five matches, the last two actually not even sweating! Corretja [9] could do the same what Kucera did a day before (retirement after a few games), but it was the final, so he didn’t want to disappoint the crowd. His movement was visibly limited from the beginning, thus he was trying to implement unnatural tactics for himself: serve-and-volley. When he lost 11 straight games, he took a medical time-out, and after a consultation with a trainer, he decided not to prolong. “I felt I was dying on court, but I prefer to live,” Corretja said before apologising to the crowd, which applauded loudly. He hadn’t any injury, he was simply exhausted after four consecutive three-setters against baseliners, and felt that in the 40-degree temperature, he had no idea how to potentially play five sets against the ‘fresh like a daisy’ compatriot. The following week they participate in another big event in Rome, Corretja loses in the second round while Costa suffers similar destiny like his friend one week earlier – having played 11 matches in 13 days, he also feels that has not enough in the tank to face a classy opponent (Rios) in a ‘best of five’ final and decides to not even enter the court.

Costa’s route to his 7th title:
1 Andrei Medvedev 6-3, 1-6, 7-6(3) – 2 m.p.
2 Oliver Gross 6-2, 6-2
3 Wayne Ferreira 6-3, 6-3
Q Fabrice Santoro 6-3, 6-4
S Karol Kucera 3-0 ret.
W Alex Corretja 6-2, 6-0, 1-0 ret.

Serve and volley: Costa 1/1, Corretja 4/14

# Costa trailed 6-3, 1-6, 1:4* against the defending champion, having problems with his back, later on 3:5 and at 4:5 he saved two match points returning (first Medvedev committed a double fault, then Costa played a stop-volley winner)

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