iw89mecir_noah

Points won by each set: | 22-28, 16-27, 31-18, 32-22, 33-23 |
Points won directly on serve:
22 % Mecir – 26 of 116
32 % Noah – 45 of 138

Prior to the tournament, Mecir [13] had lost three consecutive matches. Very interesting 2-hour 39-minute match, especially from a tactical point of view. Mecir was outplayed in the first two sets, yet he changed the pace applying a new tactic from the beginning of the 3rd set – attacking the net on his own serve & as a receiver! “I thought he already had me and I didn’t want to give up,” said Mecir, victim of 14 aces in the first two sets. Mecir won $136,700 and claimed his first title since August 1987, the last one at the age of 25… The last big final in Noah’s [18] career too.

Mecir’s route to his 11th & last title:
2 Mark Woodforde 3-6, 6-3, 6-1
3 Pete Sampras 6-0, 6-1 *
Q Michael Chang 6-2, 3-6, 6-4
S Jimmy Connors 6-2, 6-4
W Yannick Noah 3-6, 2-6, 6-1, 6-2, 6-3

* Sampras’ worst defeat in his career on hardcourts (18 y.o. at the time)…

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