Points won by each set: [ 31-29, 12-26, 31-20 ]
Points won directly behind the serve:
14 % Coria – 12 of 82
30 % Safin – 21 of 69
Safin  was dictating the pace of the match until 3-all in the 3rd set when the lapse of concentration cost him defeat. Coria  advanced to his second consecutive Monte Carlo final after 1 hour 51 minutes. It was their first mutual encounter, six months later Safin took a revenge destroying Coria 6-1, 6-4 in Houston, and they never met again.