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The first five games of the decider aren’t included to the stats (84%). Number of aces, double faults & break points valid for the entire contest.
Points won by each set: | 38-36, 31-36, 36-23 |

One year earlier in the same tournament, such a match in the second round could be impossible because it was a time each of them was trying to become the best player in the world (Rafter with prosperity). The years 1998-99 cost them both a lot from physical point of view, and they dropped in the ranking in the end of ’99. When they faced each other at Indian Wells ’00, Rafter was ranked No. 15 while Corretja No. 26.
In the first two sets there was only one break of serve. Rafter was two points away from winning the opening set, Corretja two points from notching a straight sets win. In the 3rd set Corretja finally broke for the first time, saved break points in his two following service games and broke once again leading 5:2. The Spaniard won another four matches and the tournament – his biggest success on hardcourts. This is quite bizarre that they played only four matches against each other, and as many as three at Indian Wells! #

# Comparison of three Indian Wells matches between them:
1995 (1st round): Rafter d. Corretja 2-6, 7-5, 6-2… 1 hour 57 minutes… Total points: 90-85
2000 (2nd round): Corretja d. Rafter 7-6(3), 5-7, 6-2… 2 hours 36 minutes… Total points: 105-95
2001 (3rd round): Rafter d. Corretja 4-6, 6-3, 6-4… 2 hours 2 minutes… Total points: 89-81

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