Crucial moment of that 2-hour-38-minute final came in the 5th game of the 2nd set – Becker, who had been amazingly serving up to that moment, committed 5 double faults in one game (!) to be broken for the first time. “I can’t explain what happened,” Becker said. “I lost my touch for five minutes and he took advantage of the opportunity.” Sampras served an ace (192 kph) to save a set point at 4:5 in the 3rd set… It was exceptionally dramatic event. En route to the final, Sampras was three points away from defeat twice (Edberg, Agassi) while Becker was two points (Ivanisevic) four points (Edberg) & five points (Bruguera) away to lose those matches! There was intriguing situation during the last ’round robin’ match between Becker & Edberg. The German needed to win just one set to advance to the semifinals. When he won 2nd set vs the Swede and found himself at 1:3* in the 3rd, everyone thought Sampras would be eliminated. However, Becker broke back and beat his old-time rival 6-7, 6-4, 7-5 taking to the semifinals with himself… Sampras, whom had he defeated in the ’round robin’ stage. Similar situation will be repeated two years later in Hanover – Becker defeats Sampras early in the week, then loses even more dramatic final than their 1994 encounter in Frankfurt. “This ends the year on a great note,” said Sampras earning $1.225 million for his second ‘Masters’ victory.
Sampras’ route to his second ‘Masters’ title:
rr. Boris Becker 5-7, 5-7
rr. Stefan Edberg 4-6, 6-3, 7-6(3)
rr. Goran Ivanisevic 6-3, 6-4
S Andre Agassi 4-6, 7-6(5), 6-3
W Boris Becker 4-6, 6-3, 7-5, 6-4
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