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  1. Voo de Mar says:
    Points won by each set: | 38-25, 33-22 |
    Points won directly behind the serve:
    63 % Arthurs – 33 of 52
    35 % Ancic – 23 of 65

    Stats from 5:4 in the 1st set (57%), but number of service winners, aces, double faults & break points valid for the entire contest…
    At age of 33 years & 11 months, Arthurs [99] became the oldest maiden champion in history, competing in his 128th main level event (Arthurs overcame Tom Gullikson’s record from 1985, Arthurs’ record will be overcome by 34-year-old Victor Estrella in Quito 2015). The Australian had been broken in his first set of the tournament, then was serving like a machine, approaching to his own unofficial record of serving holds – 109 (including qualies he held 111 times in a row in 1999). After Scottsdale he remained unbroken playing another nine sets (including four sets of qualies to Indian Wells). “I felt that I couldn’t miss my serve no matter how hard I hit it… It feels really, really good, really satisfying,” Arthurs said. “Especially now that I’m older, it’s probably even more satisfying to win a tournament this late in my career. I’m going to savour every moment of it, that’s for sure.” “It was unbelievably difficult,” Ancic [29] said. “I knew he was serving big and I’d have a really tough time, but the way he returned was impressive. I didn’t really expect that. I was expecting many more free points, and he was not giving me any.”
    Arthurs’ astonishing detailed serving stats of the final (58% first serves in, 218 kph fastest serve):
    1st set: 18 of 26 serves won directly (5 aces, 13 service winners); dropped 3 points in six games
    2nd set: 15 of 26 serves won directly (4 aces, 11 service winners); dropped 5 points in five games

    His route to the title:
    1 Taylor Dent 3-6, 6-3, 7-6(4)
    2 Justin Gimelstob 6-2, 6-7(5), 7-6(6)
    Q Glenn Weiner 6-3, 7-6(3)
    S Christophe Rochus 7-5, 7-6(2)
    W Mario Ancic 7-5, 6-3

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