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Points won by each set: [ 21-29, 47-43, 33-22, 33-26 ]
Points won directly behind the serve:
26 % Sampras – 30 of 117
19 % Courier – 27 of 141

It was very telling match, but in retrospect… The years 1991-92 marked Courier’s dominance in the men’s tennis, however, in that particular match the lower ranked [2 vs 7] and one year younger Sampras simply showed he’s a better, more versatile player. Everyone knew he was a better server & volleyer, but in that final he also hit more ground-stroke winners and twice as many as Courier from a relatively weaker backhand side! Therefore I would say no-one could have an impression that Courier lost because he had a bad day – he played his best – not enough for Sampras in the zone. Of course Sampras’ speciality – the tie-break – played a crucial part. Even though Sampras double faulted twice in the tie-break, losing 5:1, 6:4 advantage, he didn’t make a return mistake on his second set point and Courier netted an easy forehand. It helped Sampras to play in sets Nos. 3 & 4 whatever he wanted and his supremacy was quite overwhelming.

Sampras’ route to his 8th title:
rr. Michael Stich 6-2, 7-6(3)
rr. Andre Agassi 6-3, 1-6, 6-3
rr. Boris Becker 4-6, 7-6(3), 1-6
S Ivan Lendl 6-2, 6-3
W Jim Courier 3-6, 7-6(5), 6-3, 6-4

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