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  1. Voo de Mar says:
    Stats 60%… number of unreturned serves, aces, double faults & break points is valid for the final

    Points won by each set: | 19-31, 38-38, 43-40 |
    Points won directly behind the serve:
    35 % Krajicek – 36 of 101
    19 % Chang – 21 of 108

    Very special title in Krajicek’s [10] career as he survived two matches being broken thrice early on, despite his big serving: he began the second round match vs Stoltenberg trailing 1-6, *0:2 while the final trailing 0-6, *1:2 (15/40). Having saved the double break point against two months younger Chang [9], Krajicek was holding to the end pretty comfortably. In the opener which he lost at ‘love’, he actually didn’t play badly; he had break points in Chang’s first two service games, and all games of that set he lost by a margin of two points. In the mid-3rd set, chasing a stop-volley, Chang hit a tight net with his back and needed an MTO to his sore right elbow. In the deciding tie-break the Dutchman led *5:3 when lost two points quickly, but in the last two rallies of the final, Chang made two backhand errors as he hit passing-shots down the line. # It was their third consecutive match when a deciding tie-break was required! Chang lost a similar final on the same court three years prior.

    Krajicek’s route to his 4th title:
    1 Gianluca Pozzi 7-6(2), 6-3
    2 Jason Stoltenberg 1-6, 7-6(5), 6-0
    Q Alexander Volkov 6-1, 6-4
    S Pete Sampras 6-4, 3-6, 7-6(3)
    W Michael Chang 0-6, 7-6(3), 7-6(5)

    # Unique situation that the titlist found himself in four different sets a few points away from losing:
    two vs Stoltenberg (*2:5 in the tie-break), four vs Sampras, in the final three (served twice to stay in the 2nd set) and two vs Chang

    # Comparison of their three consecutive matches:
    Indian Wells ’92 (3R): Chang d. Krajicek 6-3, 6-7, 7-6… 2 hours 31 minutes… Total points: 112-99… Breaks: 5-3
    Frankfurt ’92 (rr): Krajicek d. Chang 2-6, 6-3, 7-6… 2 hours 23 minutes… Total points: 97-94… Breaks: 2-3
    Los Angeles ’93 (F): Krajicek d. Chang 0-6, 7-6, 7-6… 2 hours 38 minutes… Total points: 100-109… Breaks: 0-3

  2. Voo de Mar says:
    Krajicek was exhausted following that event and a few days later notched his arguably worst defeat of the season
    losing to [202] S.Bryan 6-4, 4-6, 1-6 in the Cincinnati second round (Chang won the title there)

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