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Old 09-17-2011, 02:53 AM   #2
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Sampras - Courier 7-6, 7-6, 3-6, 6-3

Excellent match. Courier really couldn't played any better on grass. After great first 2 sets, Sampras looked to be out of fuel, but he found second wind, which will become one of his trademarks. Sampras groundgame on grass, which he rarely had opportunities to show, other than hitting returns and passing shots, was on display vs baseliner Courier, just as it was vs Agassi. Beautiful variety, cutting backhand slices, short or deep, mixed with topspin backhands and sharp penetrating forehands. Sampras enjoyed the bounce on the grass, and moved with cat-like effortlessnes. Really great, great player, a joy to watch.

1st serve %

sampras 62 ( 70, 50, 59, 67 )
courier...54 ( 49, 54, 58, 59 )

cbs, or whatever tv was it, showed sampras 1st serve pct for the tournament - it was 62 % untill the final. he had the same pct in the final, so it was his pct for the entire tournament

1st serve pts won %

sampras 82 ( 85, 100, 62, 78 )
courier...77 ( 72, 78, 80, 77 )

sampras won at one point 32 1st serve points in a row. that is the second longest streak that i know of. it ended with the 1st point on sampras serve in the 3rd set

2nd serve pts won %

sampras 67 ( 64, 76, 56, 67 )
courier...58 ( 74, 57, 45, 44 )

courier after the match "...i faced 2 first serves today..."

service pts won %

sampras 77 ( 78, 88, 59, 74 )
courier...68 ( 73, 68, 65, 64 )

aces

sampras 22 ( 6, 8, 5, 3 ), 3 on a second serve
courier...9 ( 2, 0, 5, 2 )

double faults

sampras 6 ( 2, 1, 2, 1 )
courier...6 ( 4, 0, 2, 0 )

winners

sampras 53 ( 17, 18, 10, 8 )
courier...37 ( 11, 12, 11, 3 )

unreturned serves

sampras 61 ( 18, 23, 8, 12 )
courier...41 ( 11, 13, 11, 6 )

unreturned serves %

sampras 51 ( 49, 68, 36, 44 )
courier...30 ( 30, 26, 42, 27 )

sampras 51 %, but 68 % in a second set! and he almost lost it...

break points

sampras 2/5 ( 0/0, 0/2, 1/1, 1/2 )
courier...2/2 ( 0/0, 0/0, 2/2, 0/0 )

points won

sampras 135 ( 39, 46, 22, 28 )
courier...120 ( 35, 38, 26, 21 )

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