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  1. Voo de Mar says:
    Points won by each set: | 31-18, 38-31 |
    Points won directly behind the serve:
    30 % Srichaphan – 17 of 56
    25 % Blake – 16 of 62

    Late bloomers to some degree, Srichaphan & Blake were considered as the most exciting, upcoming players to watch in the early 00s. They had very similar game-styles: great movers with explosive forehands, they had good serves and decent backhands. The only distinguish difference that Blake was more eager to attack the net (also less reliable at tight matches). It was a second final between them, and the progress was quite shocking. Instead of an expected tight encounter, the Thai [11] raced to a 6-2, *4:0 (15-all) lead continuing his amazing form of the previous matches. Then Blake [41] began to chase. He saved a double match point at *2:5 as well as 3:5, but ultimately was haunted by inability to turn the things around which was characteristic for his career. Nevertheless he made a breakthrough to the broader elite, and stayed there longer than Srichaphan who prematurely retired.

    Srichaphan’s route to his 4th title:
    1 Nikolay Davydenko 6-3, 6-4
    2 Sargis Sargsian 6-3, 6-4
    Q Jeff Morrison 6-4, 6-3
    S Nicolas Kiefer 6-0, 6-2
    W James Blake 6-2, 6-4

    Serve & volley: Srichaphan 0, Blake 2/5

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