The most unexpected ‘Mercedes Super 9’ semifinal of 1993, competed between the ranking neighbors: 27-year-old Chesnokov  & two years younger Karbacher . The Russian was trying to get back to the broad tennis elite, while for the relatively unknown German, it was his biggest result at the time (later on confirmed with quarterfinals at the US Open ’94 & French Open ’96). The German won the opening two games, but then a patient & regular game of Chesnokov, helped the Russian to lead 6-2 *3:0 (40/30) before Karbacher entered the scoreboard again. Chesnokov had saved four match points in the first round defeating Carlos Costa 6-2, 4-6, 7-6; afterwards he took an advantage of the beneficial draw (Ivanisevic’s withdrawal, walkover of Rosset) to dismiss Horacio de la Pena  in the quarterfinal 6-2 6-0. In the final Chesnokov lost a grueling four-set match to local favorite Michael Stich 3-6, 7-6, 6-7, 4-6 squandering five set points in the 3rd set.
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