hamburg91novacek_gustafsson

Points won by each set: [ 32-21, 36-26, 35-39, 10-25, 37-24 ]
Points won directly on serve:
27 % Novacek – 38 of 140
15 % Gustafsson – 23 of 145

Novacek (b. 1965) and two years younger Gustafsson had been playing in the same events for five years, but never faced each other until May ’91; when they finally met, within a couple of months they faced each other as many as five times (all on clay): Novacek [26] won three finals, Gustafsson [21] two other matches. The first of those meetings occurred in Hamburg, at the time it was the biggest final for them both, and afterwards they didn’t play another final of that importance. There was 4:1 for Novacek in the final set when he broke the Swede after 7 deuces (double fault on break point) and converted his second match point with a service winner. Curiosity: 4 of 6 aces struck off second serves (two aces each).

Novacek’s route to his 5th title:
1 Carl-Uwe Steeb 6-4, 7-6(4)
2 Omar Camporese 6-3, 6-2
3 Pete Sampras 6-4, 6-2
Q Mark Koevermans 4-6, 6-4, 6-2
S Michael Stich 6-3, 2-6, 7-6(5)
W Magnus Gustafsson 6-3, 6-3, 5-7, 0-6, 6-1

# Stich led 5:3 (30-all) in the 3rd set when his first serve was unreturned, but called ‘foot fault’. Stich couldn’t agree with that, lost his concentration and instead of having match point he missed his second serve to give Novacek a break point

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