gstaad_bordeaux93_bruguera

Points won by each set: | 35-25, 33-29 |
Points won directly behind the serve:
26 % Bruguera – 15 of 57
33 % Novacek – 22 of 65

Almost the entire ugly 77-minute final must have been played in a drizzle. At 2-all in the 1st set the match was halted for an hour and officials decided to reduce it from ‘best of 5’ to ‘best of 3’ format. There was 3-all in 1st & 4-all in 2nd set… Bruguera [5] played his first tournament after a 4-week break following his sensational triumph in Paris. The Spaniard extended his winning streak to 15 – his best streak in career. Three days after the final vs Novacek [14], Bruguera was stunned by Alberto Berasategui in Stuttgart (6-4, 4-6, 1-6), not trying at all from 1:2 in the 3rd set – “I was really tired, simply tired and couldn’t play any better,” Bruguera said. Weird excuses given the fact he triumphed in Gstaad without any troubles.

Bruguera’s route to his 9th title:
1 Bern Karbacher 6-4, 6-0
2 Markus Zoecke 6-4, 7-6(3)
Q Alex Corretja 6-1, 6-2
S Mark-Kevin Goellner 6-3, 6-0
W Karel Novacek 6-3, 6-4

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Points won by each set: | 41-38, 29-16 |
Points won directly behind the serve:
19 % Bruguera – 11 of 57
28 % Nargiso – 19 of 67

Nargiso it’s an interesting case because despite playing professional tennis until his 30s, he got his highest ranking at age of 18 – no. 67 in October ’88. He belonged to the best juniors in the world of 1987 (Wimbledon champion i.a.), the following year turned pro and reached the third round at Wimbledon & US Open (never equalled those results), being among upcoming guys like Courier, Sampras, Ivanisevic, Bruguera… The 1989 season meant huge setback and he drowned in mediocrity for the entire 90s with sporadic good ATP results. In Bordeaux he was a “lukcy loser” [137] when reached his first ATP final and played very good opener (consisted of seven breaks) against Bruguera [4], who was in the form of his life at the time. Nargiso needed to wait another seven years for his second and last final [249, WC] – in Palermo ’00 when in the semifinal he defeated… Bruguera.

Bruguera’s route to his 11th title (his only hardcourt title):
1 Lionel Roux 6-3, 6-0
2 Henri Leconte 6-4, 6-0
Q Thomas Enqvist 6-1, 6-2
S Arnaud Boetsch 4-6, 6-4, 6-3
W Diego Nargiso 7-5, 6-2

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