mc94medvedev_bruguera

mc94medvedev_bruguera

Points won by each set: [ 34-31, 28-18, 33-23 ]
Points won directly on serve:
8 % Medvedev – 7 of 80
11 % Bruguera – 10 of 87

The two best clay-courters at the time along with Courier & Muster. A few weeks later Medvedev [9] triumphed also in Hamburg which made him the biggest favourite to win at Roland Garros ’94, but as easily he beat Bruguera [6] in Monte Carlo as quickly he lost to him in Paris… They played 10 times against each other (5-5 H2H), but never co-created a great match. Medvedev had much more power so their matches depended on how well he was able to execute his flat, hard baseline strokes. If he had worse day, then Bruguera’s patience could prevail just keeping the ball in play.

Medvedev’s route to his 7th title:
1 Magnus Larsson 6-2, 7-5
2 Bernd Karbacher 6-2, 4-6, 7-5
3 Slava Dosedel 6-4, 6-3
Q Jim Courier 6-7(5), 7-5, 7-6(3)
S Yevgeny Kafelnikov 7-6(6), 6-3
W Sergi Bruguera 7-5, 6-1, 6-3

The quarter-final vs Courier lasted 3 hours 19 minutes – the longest ‘best of 3 match’ in Monte Carlo of the 90s… In the 1st set Medvvedev served at 5:4 (deuce), in the 2nd set Courier had two mini-match points at 4-all, in the 3rd set Medvedev served at 5:3; “I had so many lucky points with the lets and the lines,” Medvedev said. “I apologised to Jim in the locker-room, and he said, ‘It’s OK as long as it doesn’t happen in the final of the French Open’.”

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