kb89muster_noah

Points won by each set: | 32-41, 14-27, 37-33, 34-26, 32-16 |
Points won directly on serve:
15 % Muster – 22 of 143
27 % Noah – 41 of 149

An exiting through three sets, 3-hour-11-minute night session clash of completely different game-styles: Noah [13] could hurt Muster [14] with powerful serves and constant attacking, while Muster was actually winning all longer baseline rallies. After dropping the first two sets, the Austrian fought off a double break point at 0:1 in the 3rd set and got the momentum gaining five straight games since then. Noah suffered his second defeat leading two-sets-to-love within two weeks. He run out of gas having played three five-setters before the semifinal. He needed 3:04 h on average while Muster 2:10 h. The difference was especially visible in the last 40 minutes of the match – Muster won 23 consecutive points on serve!
A few hours after the match (1 April 1989), a drunk car driver named Norman Sobie struck the Austrian harming ligaments in his left knee… Unable to play the final against Ivan Lendl, Muster flew back to Vienna for a serious surgery… he returned to pro-tennis less than six months later. It was extremely disappointing conclusion of the event because two months before (also on hard-courts) Lendl had big problems before he ousted Muster in the Aussie Open semifinal. Shortly after the comeback, Muster played his second and last match against Noah (Paris-Bercy), losing it 5-7, 6-3, 4-6.

Lendl’s route to the title:
1 Todd Woodbridge 6-2, 6-2, 6-3
2 Jim Pugh 6-3, 6-1, 6-1
3 Paolo Cane 7-5, 6-0, 6-4
4 Andres Gomez 6-4, 6-2, 6-4
Q Aaron Krickstein 6-2, 6-2, 6-2
S Kevin Curren 6-2, 6-2, 6-3
W Thomas Muster w/o

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1 Response to kb89muster_noah

  1. Voo de Mar says:
    # Duration of Noah’s four five-setters:
    3:37h vs Scanlon, 4-6 7-5 3-6 6-1 6-3 (2R)
    4:02h vs Volkov, 5-7 6-7(6) 7-5 6-3 6-4 (3R)
    3:32h vs Hlasek, 6-4 3-6 6-4 2-6 7-5 (4R)
    3:11h vs Muster, 7-5 6-3 3-6 3-6 2-6 (SF)

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