cincinnati91forget_sampras

cincinnati91forget_sampras

Points won by each set: [ 13-26, 38-34, 31-27 ]
Points won directly behind the serve:
45 % Forget – 38 of 84
41 % Sampras – 35 of 85

Already in 1991, the 20-year-old Sampras [8] belonged to the best guys on the planet, so wins over him were precious, however, they have bigger value in retrospect taking into account that he became the best player of the 90s without any doubts. Forget achieved in his career three best results defeating Sampras thrice! Nothing indicated that something like this would happen in the first 50 minutes of their match in Cincinnati. They had met only once before (Key Biscayne ’90), Sampras won it 6-1, 6-3, and after easy 1st set in Cincinnati, a similar scoreline seemed probable – Sampras was leading throughout the 2nd set by one game holding with ease while Forget [7] was mumbling at himself due to poor game. The Frenchman improved his serve to hang in there though. There was 4-all in the tie-break when Forget played his best point on return, and that only mini break decided. Sampras wasn’t affected by losing a set being three points away from victory, one week earlier he had been two points away from a straight sets win in a final (Los Angeles), yet he managed to beat Brad Gilbert in three (6-2, 6-7, 6-3). Against Forget, he had a break point in the opening game of the decider, but saw the ball passing him. In the 10th game Forget created his only break point opportunity to capitalize with a backhand return winner after 2 hours of play. Forget will also beat Sampras in two other ’91 finals: Paris-Bercy & Davis Cup.

Forget’s route to his 6th title:
2 Marcos Ondruska 6-2, 6-2
3 Gianluca Pozzi 6-4, 6-4
Q Derrick Rostagno 7-6(6), 6-4
S Boris Becker 7-6(1), 4-6, 6-3
W Pete Sampras 2-6, 7-6(4), 6-4

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