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  1. Voo de Mar says:
    Points won by each set: | 27-22, 24-28, 47-45 |
    Points won directly behind the serve:
    29 % Canas – 27 of 93
    39 % Haas – 39 of 100

    It was a time when Haas [3] could realistically think about becoming the best player in the word. The year 2002 is very specific as far as the first decade of a new century is concerned – the best players of the 90s (Sampras, Agassi) were declining while the best players of the first half of 00s (Federer, Roddick, Ferrero) didn’t peak yet. Hewitt was the best second straight year, Safin seemed like a potential top player, Haas had a balanced H2Hs against them both – 4:4 and 2:2 respectively, obtating very good results on a constant basis for a year… The German was on his way to reach his first Masters 1K final on his favorite surface (hardcourt oudoors) as he led 2:0* (deuce) in the decider. At 4:3 he led 40/0 after three unreturned serves and lost his concentration, making two very bad errors at deuce. In the tie-break he led *3:2 when Canas [19] displayed something he was the best known for, namely exceptional defensive skills: BH lob and FH passing-shot on the run gave him a 4:3 lead and he converted his second match point when Haas risked his FH return off Canas’ 2nd serve, and missed a few centimetres…. It was very unlikely then that Haas would wait 11 years to play his another Masters 1K semifinal!

    Serve & volley: Canas 0, Haas 7/12

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