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Points won by each set: [ 20-28, 32-25, 27-29, 27-19, 36-31 ]
Points won directly behind the serve:
28 % Courier – 40 of 140
32 % Forget – 43 of 134

March ’91 – the month which completely changed the life of Jim Courier [26]. He arrived in California being quickly eliminated in two American indoor events of February (Memphis, Philadelphia)… with just one title in his CV, claimed more than one year before. However, in March his form exploded as he won back-to-back Mercedes Super 9 events in Indian Wells & Key Biscayne. In the 3-hour 30-minute final against Forget (the hottest player on tour at the time) he came back from a 0:2* deficit in the 4th set. The decider went smoothly with the serve (neither of players was able to get two points as a receiver!). In the tie-break Courier built a *6:2 advantage, Forget [5] withstood two match points playing defensive lobs! On the third match point the Frenchman attacked the net, but couldn’t control Courier’s massive BH cross-court passing-shot. “It’s like all the adrenalin has stopped flowing right to the brain and kind of calmed down a little bit, and I’m not as hyper as I normally can be. I’ve been thinking a little bit more out there and trying to work my way through the match instead of banging my way through,” Courier explained his unexpected success. The following week he faced Forget again in Key Biscayne to win 7-6, 6-3 (third round).

Courier’s route to his 2nd title:
1 Guillaume Raoux 6-4, 3-6, 6-2
2 Byron Black 6-1, 7-6(4)
3 Andre Agassi 2-6, 6-3, 6-4
Q Emilio Sanchez 6-2, 6-2
S Michael Stich 6-3, 6-2
W Guy Forget 4-6, 6-3, 4-6, 6-3, 7-6(4)

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