Stats for 1995 Davis Cup final (Sampras-Chesnokov)

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  1. krosero

    krosero Legend

    Dec 3, 2006
    Sampras d. Chesnokov 3-6, 6-4, 6-3, 6-7 (5), 6-4

    This was played on indoor red clay in Moscow.

    Sampras started cramping up in the fifth set, and collapsed after hitting his last shot on match point.

    The match lasted 3 hours 38 minutes.

    Sampras won by going for his chance to break at 4-all in the fifth, opening the game with three FH winners.

    My counts:

    Sampras won 164 points overall, Chesnokov 144.


    Sampras won 57 of 76 points on first serve (75%), and 43 of 77 on second (56%). He won 17 straight points on serve, including the first 13 of the fourth set.

    Chesnokov won 63 of 93 on first serve (68%), and 28 of 62 on second (45%).

    Sampras served at 50%, making 76 of 153 first serves. Percentages by set: 35, 47, 61, 50, 55

    Chesnokov served at 60%, making 93 of 155 first serves. Percentages by set: 38, 71, 60, 61, 63.

    Sampras converted 7 of 12 break points, Chesnokov 5 of 10.

    Sampras got his first serve into play on 3 of 10 break points. He was broken four times on second serve and once on first, and faced no break points in the second set.

    Chesnokov got his first serve into play on 10 of 12 break points. He was broken twice on second serve and five times on first.

    Each man had 11 aces.

    Sampras had 30 other unreturned serves (26 on first serve). Chesnokov had 16 (including 9 on first serve).

    Sampras had 5 double-faults (including one on the last point of the fourth set), Chesnokov 6.


    Sampras made 49 clean winners apart from serves: 30 FH, 3 BH, 6 FHV, 8 BHV, 2 OV.

    Chesnokov made 30 clean winners apart from serves: 8 FH, 19 BH, 2 FHV, 1 BHV.

    Sampras had 2 clean return winners, both FH's, neither of them passes. But he did have 5 passing shots (3 FH).

    Chesnokov had 2 clean return winners, neither of them pass. But he did have 12 passing shots (9 BH, including two lobs).

    I gave Sampras 9 additional winners on judgment calls (7 serves, 1 BH, 1 FH). And I gave Chesnokov 1, on a serve.

    Washington Post:

    The Independent (UK):

    Stats from NBC Super Sports:

    At 5-6 in the fourth, Sampras led 49-11 in approaches and 32-6 in net points won. He had 58 unforced errors to Chesnokov’s 35, and led 17-15 in “active points won.”

    I'd never seen that last phrase before. Googling it, I've found it being used to mean all points won by hitting a winner (not an ace) combined with shots that force the opponent into an error. That combined category is similar to the term "Aggressive Points." But the network's "active points won" are too low for that definition; and they don't correspond to anything on my sheet or to anything else that I can make out.
    Last edited: Jun 16, 2009
  2. 380pistol

    380pistol Banned

    Aug 15, 2008
    Thank you.
  3. krosero

    krosero Legend

    Dec 3, 2006
    Was just reading in "A Terrible Splendor" how the same thing happened to Budge in a Davis Cup match in May 1936. It was in Philadelphia, temperature around 100 degrees, U.S. vs. Australia. He won his match over Crawford 13-11 in the fifth, lunging at the end for a shot that he couldn't reach but which landed out. He was down on the ground with leg cramps and had to be helped to his feet by the team captain.
  4. pmerk34

    pmerk34 Legend

    Sep 16, 2007
    L. Island, NY
    One of the most dramatic matches ever.
  5. krosero

    krosero Legend

    Dec 3, 2006

    The was the fourth match of the tie and it clinched the win for the U.S.

    Sampras d. Kafelnikov 6-2, 6-4, 7-6 (4)

    I took most of these stats a couple of years ago, and I was missing a few games. But the whole match is now on YouTube:

    My counts for the whole match:

    Sampras won 111 points overall, Kafelnikov 87.


    Sampras made 54 of 95 first serves (57%).
    Kafelnikov made 69 of 103 first serves (67%).

    Sampras won 42 of 54 points on first serve (78%) and 25 of 41 on second (61%).

    Kafelnikov won 41 of 69 points on first serve (59%) and 18 of 34 on second (53%).

    Sampras had 16 aces and 3 double-faults.
    Kafelnikov had 7 aces and 1 double-fault.

    Sampras had 14 other unreturned serves, of which I judged 2 as service winners. Kafelnikov had 12 other unreturned serves, and I gave him no service winners.

    Sampras converted 5 of 13 break points, Kafelnikov 2 of 7.

    Sampras made his first serve on 5 of 7 break points, Kafelnikov on 6 of 13.

    Sampras didn’t face any break points until his first service game of the third set. He did not lose his serve until 3-1 in that set. But he was broken at love trying to serve out the match.


    Sampras had 42 winners apart from service: 18 FH, 7 BH, 6 FHV, 8 BHV, 3 OV.

    Kafelnikov had 18 winners apart from service: 6 FH, 9 BH, 1 FHV, 2 BHV.

    Sampras made 2 FH return winners. Neither was a passing shot, but he did have 3 passes in the match (2 FH).

    Kafelnikov made 5 return winners (3 FH), including 4 passes. He had 6 other passes in the match (3 FH).

    ESPN put Sampras at 16 aces and 58 winners for the match. My own stats line up exactly, if I do not include the two service winners I gave Sampras.

    Part of a report from Bud Collins:

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  6. krosero

    krosero Legend

    Dec 3, 2006
    The court in this U.S.-Russia tie was playing fast. Fred Stolle said that the Russians had watered down the court in the semis against Germany to the point of making it play like mud. That drew a $25,000 fine from the ITF. Stolle said that the Russians were complaining about the court in this tie against the U.S. because it was like concrete with a little dirt thrown on top. Stolle added that such a court would help Sampras’ game.

    Carillo remarked late in the Kafelnikov match that Pete was playing the kind of tennis that wins French Opens. Stolle said he wouldn’t go that far because the courts at the French Open were a lot slower than this one.

    Stolle did say that Sampras was playing one of the cleanest claycourt matches that he had seen from anyone in a while.
  7. Moose Malloy

    Moose Malloy Legend

    Dec 27, 2005
    30 fh winners on clay(only 3 of them passing shots) vs a baseliner. Wow! And a lot of posters here don't seem to think his fh was particularly great. Offhand, is that the highest total we have for him off the fh?

    We need to really start logging some of these stats somewhere. I forget a lot of these great stats(like this one)
  8. encylopedia

    encylopedia Semi-Pro

    Dec 22, 2014
    I noticed that as well. "slapped his forehand into the net again and againr"...really Washington Post??! Um....maybe, but regardless of errors, thirty forehand winners against one of the most capable and determined defensive clay-court players of the era is......HUGE. I'll take quite a few UE errors if I were Pete's coach if he puts up winners like that against Chessy on clay - a good tradeoff for that opponent on that surface!
  9. krosero

    krosero Legend

    Dec 3, 2006
    Not sure but it could well be the highest. His rate of FH winners was almost exactly the same (18 winners in 31 games) in the Kafelnikov match, and only 2 of those were passes.

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