washington99agassi_kafelnikov

Points won by each set: [ 46-37, 30-19 ]
Points won directly on serve:
36 % Agassi – 24 of 65
20 % Kafelnikov – 14 of 67

The two best players of 1999… In the last quarter of the season, they faced each other three times – Agassi won all those matches & basically it separated them in the end of the year. In the Washington final Kafelnikov was no. 2, Agassi no. 3 – the winner of the match had to be seeded no. 2 at the US Open to potentially avoid Sampras in the semifinal, but SamPe withdrew from the event and Kafelnikov faced Agassi again (in the semis) anyway. Throughout the week in Washington, Agassi was in a great service shape, he was broken just once, at leading 2:1 in the final. The Russian was two points away (30-all) from the opener at 5:4* & 6:5, but since that moment to the end, Agassi was dealing much better with their flat baseline rallies. Nevertheless the Russian forced Agassi to three ‘deuce’ service games in the pretty one-sided 2nd set.

Agassi’s route to his 42nd title (5th Legg Mason):
2 Laurence Tieleman 6-1, 6-1
3 Bjorn Phau 6-1, 6-3
Q Fabrice Santoro 6-4, 7-5
S Todd Martin 6-4, 6-2
W Yevgeny Kafelnikov 7-6(3), 6-1

Serve & volley: Agassi 1/2, Kafelnikov 1/2

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