dc94muster_stich

dc94muster_stich

Points won by each set: [ 30-26, 50-52, 35-41, 37-32, 72-71 ]
Points won directly behind the serve:
15 % Muster – 36 of 226
33 % Stich – 73 of 220

One of three matches of the 90s that lasted more than 5 hours 20 minutes # A classic of the decade, similar to the Edberg-Chang marathon, so juxtaposition of two distinctively opposite styles – attacking and defending. The chances were quite balanced as Muster [11] was playing on his beloved clay while Stich [2] could enjoy his favourite indoor conditions, they both delivered their best tennis throughout the encounter. Muster led *3:2 (40/0) in the 2nd set, 5:2*, 6:5 & 8:7 in the tie-break; despite wasting two set points and two mini-set points leading 4:3 in the 3rd set, he didn’t surrender, and obtained a vital break at 2:1 in the 4th set after the longest game of the match (8 deuces, Stich had 4 game points). In the 5th set the Austrian squandered a break point at 2:0, then he needed to chase all the time – served six times to stay in the contest… After 4 hours 50 minutes at 7:8 he fought off a match point hitting the line with his aggressive forehand (Stich’s backhand error), at 9:10 he trailed 15/30. Ultimately he converted his second match point as Stich sent his ground-stroke long. Muster celebrated the victory like he won the French Open – in vain – Skoff lost the decisive rubber and the Germans advanced to the quarter-finals. Three days later, Stich loses again wasting MP – this time to inferior player – Mark Petchey in Sun City 6-4, 5-7, 6-7(6).

First round: GERMANY d. AUSTRIA 3-2, Graz (Austria): clay indoors
Michael Stich (GER) d. Horst Skoff (AUT) 4-6, 6-3, 6-2, 6-2
Thomas Muster (AUT) d. Mark-Kevin Goellner (GER) 6-3, 6-3, 6-3
Patrick Kuhnen/Michael Stich (GER) d. Alex Antonitsch/Thomas Muster (AUT) 6-4, 3-6, 6-2, 2-6, 6-1
Thomas Muster (AUT) d. Michael Stich (GER) 6-4, 6-7(8), 4-6, 6-3, 12-10 – 1 m.p.
Mark-Kevin Goellner (GER) d. Horst Skoff (AUT) 3-6, 6-4, 7-5, 6-1

# The three longest matches of the 90s:
5 hours 31 minutes (Roland Garros ’98): Alex Corretja d. Hernan Gumy 6-1, 5-7, 6-7, 7-5, 9-7
5 hours 26 minutes (US Open ’92): Stefan Edberg d. Michael Chang 6-7, 7-5, 7-6, 5-7, 6-4
5 hours 24 minutes (Davis Cup ’94): Thomas Muster d. Michael Stich 6-4, 6-7, 4-6, 6-3, 12-10

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