hamburg93stich_chesnokov

Points won by each set: [ 31-28, 35-47, 51-54, 34-27 ]
Points won directly on serve:
29 % Stich – 49 of 165
13 % Chesnokov – 19 of 140

Stich’s [11] beautiful serve-and-volley display, only one of three big titles won by an attacking player in the 90s (along with Edberg in Hamburg ’92 & Sampras in Rome ’94). The essence of Stich’s brilliant form came as he led *4:3 in the 4th set, when he won four points in a row with volley winners behind the 2nd serve! He was quite lucky to win the crucial 3rd set, he trailed on serve (0/40) at 4-all and (0/30) at 5-all, in the tie-break 1:5 and 3:6* – the only set in their rivalry won by Stich in which he was down at the end. He could turned the things around already in the 2nd set as he improved from *1:4 (break point) to 5-all (30/o). The only break of the 4th set occurred at 2-all, it was the only set of that final when Stich hadn’t any problems to hold (he began the match saving break points in three games in a row). He converted his 5th match point, just like a day before against Sanchez. Stich successfully implemented tactics of playing dropshots against the Russian, sometimes using them even as returns. “I’ve fulfilled my childhood dream,” Stich said in his victory speech. “I’ve come here with my family to watch this tournament for 15 or 20 years.” There was a bizarre situation after the match: Stich, instead of going to shake hands, jumped to the stands to kiss his wife Jessica… Chesnokov began to leave the court, then Stich and officials chased him. Ranked no. 9 two years before, at the time no. 74, Chesnokov said “I haven’t been in a final in so long, I forgot there was a victory ceremony.”

Stich’s route to his 9th title:
2 Jordi Arrese 2-6, 6-3, 6-3
3 Thomas Muster 7-6(4), 2-6, 6-1
Q Ivan Lendl 6-3, 6-2
S Emilio Sanchez 5-7, 7-6(3), 7-6(2)
W Andrei Chesnokov 6-3, 6-7(1), 7-6(7), 6-4

* Sanchez three points away from victory

# Stich’s four finals won in 4-setters when he was close to trail 0-2 or 1-2:

Stuttgart 1991: Stich d. Mancini 1-6, 7-6, 6-4, 6-2… 2 hours 23 minutes… 2 SPs saved… Total points: 116-115
Hamburg 1993: Stich d. Chesnokov 6-3, 6-7, 7-6, 6-4… 3 hours 12 minutes… 3 SPs saved… Total points: 151-154
Stockholm 1993: Stich d. Ivanisevic 4-6, 7-6, 7-6, 6-2… 2 hours 33 minutes… 1 SP saved in 2nd set… Total points: 140-131
Frankfurt 1993: Stich d. Sampras 7-6, 2-6, 7-6, 6-2… 2 hours 57 minutes… 2 points away… Total points: 142-132

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