montecarlo93bruguera_muster

montecarlo93bruguera_muster

Points won by each set: [ 31-26, 15-27, 45-48 ]
Points won directly behind the serve:
12 % Bruguera – 12 of 97
21 % Muster – 20 of 95

At the time it was a match of two very good clay-courters; in retrospect the match has a different context because in the aftermath they were the best players on that particular surface – Bruguera [16] in years 1993-94, Muster [12] in years 1995-96. The Austrian had a double mini-set point at 4-all in the 1st set, and three match points on serve at 5:3 in the decider – on the first two occasions he attacked the net and certainly could play better BH-volleys. The conditions were very difficult: low temperature and strong wind which worsened in the last twenty minutes. The 9/7 tie-break won by Bruguera on his third match point was conducted on a pattern: keep the ball in play and count on opponent’s error. Two years later they play against each other another clay-court match in windy conditions, and that time Muster prevails saving match points #

Bruguera’s route to his 7th title:
1 Renzo Furlan 6-4, 6-4
2 Andrey Olhovskiy 6-0, 6-1
3 Ivan Lendl 6-1, 6-2
Q Carlos Costa 7-6(8), 6-2
S Thomas Muster 6-4, 1-6, 7-6(7) – 3 m.p.
W Cedric Pioline 7-6(2), 6-0

# Comparison of their two meetings with match points involved:
Monte Carlo (SF) 1993: Bruguera d. Muster 6-4, 1-6, 7-6 (three MPs saved)… Total points: 91-101… 2 hours 11 minutes
Stuttgart-Out (SF) 1995: Muster d. Bruguera 6-7, 7-6, 6-2 (four MPs saved)… Total points: 124-115… 2 hours 56 minutes

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