doha93becker_ivanisevic

Points won by each set: [ 48-41, 26-31, 39-35 ]
Points won directly behind the serve:
40 % Becker – 43 of 105
40 % Ivanisevic – 46 of 115

The first edition of the Qatar Open and an entertaining final between two big servers. For the second time within few months, Becker [5] was a bit better than his four years younger opponent. They will also play in 1994 a tight three-setter, and the winner will be the same # In the 1st set of the Doha final, Ivanisevic [4] was two points away from winning it. The only break of the 2nd set came at 1-all, the only break of the final set at 6:5 for Becker – the German had lost the previous three games having break points, but after 2 hours and 27 minutes he made a successful backhand return which ended the event. “I couldn’t have asked for a better start to the new year,” Becker said. “We always seem to play great matches against each other, and I’m sure Goran is going to get me next time.” [yes, Becker was right, but they waited more than a year for another meeting] It was Becker’s first outdoor tournament title in nearly 15 months. “Boris was the boss today,” Ivanisevic said. “I was the little guy on big points. Hopefully, I’ll learn from this and come back good again.”

Becker’s route to his 37th title:
1 Gary Muller 6-7(2), 6-2, 6-0
2 Stephane Simian 7-6(3), 6-2
Q Javier Sanchez 6-4, 6-3
S Stefan Edberg 6-4, 6-4
W Goran Ivanisevic 7-6(4), 4-6, 7-5

# Comparison of three tight ‘best of three’ matches between them:
Frankfurt 1992 (SF): Becker d. Ivanisevic 4-6, 6-4, 7-6… 2 hours 22 minutes… Total points: 99-96 (aces: 16-24)… Ivanisevic 2 pts away
Doha 1993 (F): Becker d. Ivanisevic 7-6, 4-6, 7-5… 2 hours 27 minutes… Total points: 113-107 (aces: 10-17)… Ivanisevic 6 pts away
Frankfurt 1994 (rr): Becker d. Ivanisevic 6-3, 3-6, 7-6… 1 hours 57 minutes… Total points: 95-98 (aces: 8-26)… Ivanisevic 2 pts away

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