Korda’s second failed attempt to win a ‘Mercedes Super 9’ final after Montreal ’91 (lost to Andrei Chesnokov). Sampras had troubles to hold his serve comfortably in the first hour of play; in his first seven service games, he did it just once. Korda  led 6-4 2:0* (30/0) when ‘PistolPete’ fired four consecutive service winners to find his proper service rhythm. Nonetheless, Korda had some outlook to win it in four sets, but squandered four break points in Sampras’ first two service games of the 4th set. The final lasted 3 hours 9 minutes, Sampras  avenged a five-set thriller loss to Korda suffered three months before at Grand Slam Cup in Munich. “He really deserves to be No. 1 in the world right now,” Korda said. “I tried my best today, but it wasn’t enough. Pete, for sure I’m going to be around when you have a bad day.” The American stated: “I wasn’t hitting the ball that well in the first set. I really felt like he was dictating the play. I didn’t really have a great read on his serve, and when I got his serve back, he was on top of me. And that’s not really the way I want to play.”
Sampras’ route to his 24th title:
2 Emilio Sanchez 6-1, 6-1
3 MaiVai Washington 7-5, 6-2
Q Thomas Muster 6-3, 6-2
S Stefan Edberg 6-3, 3-6, 6-4
W Petr Korda 4-6, 6-3, 3-6, 6-3, 6-2
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