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  1. Voo de Mar says:
    Points won by each set: | 29-13, 35-34, 26-10, 33-28 |
    Points won directly behind the serve:
    47 % Sampras – 51 of 107
    33 % Becker – 34 of 101

    # Almost a copy of their Wimbledon ’95 final: also four sets with five breaks, Sampras unbroken, he lost a set in a tie-break having won more points, he was able to break Becker twice in two different sets, and once in the other one of the same score… Actually the American [1] should have won their ’97 meeting in straight sets, but he wasted a mini-set point at 4-all in the 2nd set and a 5:3 advantage in the ensuing tie-break – given how easily he was winning points on serve in that set, it was tough to expect he would lose two consecutive points on serve in a tie-break. Becker [18] fend off a break point to avoid a double break deficit in the 4th set which seemed his farewell set at majors at the time. The 30-year-old German announced it would be his last Grand Slam appearance, but two years later he changed his mind and decided to play his last event at Wimbledon.

    # Comparison of their two Wimbledon 4-setters:
    1995 (F): Sampras d. Becker 6-7(5), 6-2, 6-4, 6-2… 2 hours 29 minutes… Total points: 138-108
    1997 (QF): Sampras d. Becker 6-1, 6-7(5), 6-1, 6-4… 2 hours 6 minutes… Total points: 123-85

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