hamburg95ivanisevic_bruguera

hamburg95ivanisevic_bruguera

Points won by each set: [ 31-25, 14-30, 40-34 ]
Points won directly on serve:
32 % Ivanisevic – 28 of 86
23 % Bruguera – 21 of 88

Ivanisevic [5] won 141 ‘main-level’ matches on clay. I think this is his most valuable “best of 3” victory, the most valuable “best of 5” comes from Davis Cup ’97 when he defeated Muster ‘7-5’ in the decider. Those two wins have something in common – Bruguera (king of clay 1993-94) & Muster (king of clay 1995-96) weren’t the same players in the years Ivanisevic defeated them, but we know it in retrospect, so at the time he beat them on clay, they were the main favorites to win in Paris, moreover, Ivanisevic had no chance in two previous meetings with Bruguera on clay. In Hamburg, the Croat was unusually patient & his forehand worked tremendously well, except the 2nd set which he basically threw away (the Spaniard won 5 of 6 games at ‘love’). In the decider Bruguera improved from *2:5 (30-all) to 5-all (30/15) when the longest rally occurred, and Ivanisevic won it after 50 strokes being more passive than his opponent! It was followed up by his two straight aces. In the tie-break Bruguera improved from 1:4 to 3:4*, so technically four points away from victory when the Croat easily took the final three points.

Serve & volley: Ivanisevic 0/4, Bruguera 0

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