A rare case that the tournament champion defeats all opponents who had beaten him in all previous matches [Sampras’ H2Hs against them prior to Munich: Cherkasov (0-1), Ivanisevic (0-1), Chang (0-5), Gilbert (0-2)]. Just like during the US Open ’90 final, 19-year-old Sampras  played a perfect match, his serve was awesome throughout after facing a break point in the opening game of the final; his first service game of the 3rd set Sampras won delivering 4 aces in 5 points. Gilbert  was lucky that he took part in the event at all because he finished the Grand Slam ranking of 1990 as the 20th best player; four guys higher than him in that ranking, pulled out, including Agassi – one of the biggest favorites to the title; he was fresh after winning Masters & Davis Cup… The first edition of the most lucrative tennis event of the 90s (2 million dollars for the champion, 1 million for the runner-up… 6.000.000$ the total prize money for 16 players while 2.500.000$ for 128 players participating in the US Open ’90!) that replaced very lucrative, yet absolutely incomparable WTC event in Dallas where Gilbert played in the final too, in the last edition.
Sampras’ route to his 4th title:
1 Andrei Cherkasov 5-7, 6-2, 7-5
Q Goran Ivanisevic 7-6(2), 6-7(5), 8-6
S Michael Chang 6-3, 6-4, 6-4
W Brad Gilbert 6-3, 6-4, 6-2
# Comparison of their two similar finals:
Munich 1990: Sampras d. Gilbert 6-3, 6-4, 6-2… 1 hour 43 minutes… Total points: 91-68 (aces: 15-9)
Tokyo 1993: Sampras d. Gilbert 6-2, 6-2, 6-2… 1 hour 34 minutes… Total points: 94-57 (aces: 15-5)
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