cincinnati95stich_sampras

cincinnati95stich_sampras

Points won by each set: [ 42-44, 37-36, 27-8 ]
Points won directly behind the serve:
41 % Stich – 41 of 100
27 % Sampras – 26 of 94

The last meeting between them, Stich edged 5-4 their H2H rivalry (7-4 in tie-breaks). It’s quite interesting that it was Stich’s second 2-1 win over Sampras saving a match point in the mid-set, the previous case occurred a year before in Düsseldorf (Stich survived 3-6, 7-6, 6-2)… Sampras [2] trailed *5:6 (15/30) in the 1st set, and won the tie-break with a bizarre net-cord – after the ball hit it, changed its direction and caught the line while Stich thought it could have landed outside and stopped playing. In the 2nd set the German [8] saved the match point with an ace ‘down the T’ at 4:5. The American was very sluggish in the decider, like he didn’t want to play another tight set in the hot temperature.

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