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Points won by each set: [ 28-22, 33-26, 30-20 ]
Points won directly behind the serve:
41 % Sampras – 33 of 79
25 % Gilbert – 20 of 80

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 [5] 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 [10] 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 in 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!)

Sampras’ route to his 4th title:
1 Andrey 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

Serve & volley: Sampras 8/15, Gilbert 9/17

# 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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