That match, in effect, initiated a fascinating 10-month period in long-time rivalry between Sampras & Agassi for the pinnacle of men’s tennis. Between November ’94 and September ’95 they faced each other as the two best players in the world six times (3-3 record) with a climax at the US Open ’95.
In Frankfurt the pivotal moment occurred in the 12th game of the 2nd set. Rudi Berger made an incorrect (and actually silly) decision to overrule linesman’s silence on the “far line” in Sampras’ favour, awarding him a double set point. Admittedly Agassi won that game, but lost his temper (he was three points away from victory improving 3:6->5:6* in the tie-break), and after the set which was finished on the sixth set point, he needed three games to mentally recover, receiving a point penalty in the meantime. Agassi somehow avoided a double break disadvantage, but Sampras held firmly a couple of times adding another break on his second match point.
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