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  1. Voo de Mar says:
    One of the tallest finals in the ATP history (both 196 cm), the stats include 20 out of 30 games (66%); numbers of aces, d.f. & b.p. are OK for the entire match.

    Shocking tournament from the 26-year-old serve-and-volleyer, the sensational reigning Wimbledon champion in doubles at the time. The South African [98] won his only title in singles saving match points in two consecutive matches! In the final (tie-break), he attacked at *5:6, when Ancic lob landed just 10-15 centimetres behind the baseline. On second match point (6:7*) Moodie played a forehand passing-shot down the line beyond his standard level… He was also trailing *3:4 in the 3rd set to win the last three games, against Nieminen saved match points in two different games on serve: “It’s great to win, especially being down match points. I don’t think it’s sunk in yet. I thought it was all over. Mario was playing much better than I was but at match point I just went for broke. That shot fired me up.” Moodie fired 76 aces (8, 11, 20, 9, 17, 11) – average 12.6

    Moodie’s route to the title:
    1 Jimmy Wang 6-1, 6-4
    2 Mikhail Youzhny 6-1, 3-6, 6-3
    3 Luis Horna 7-6(4), 6-7(2), 6-4
    Q Radek Stepanek 7-6(2), 7-6(6)
    S Jarkko Nieminen 4-6, 6-1, 7-6(4) – 4 m.p.
    W Mario Ancic 1-6, 7-6(7), 6-4 – 2 m.p.

    Ancic lost three finals to players, for whom it were their only titles… Milan ’04 and Scottsdale ’05

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