rg92courier_ivanisevic

The stats without the whole 3rd set and the first three games of the 4th set (74% of the match included). Number of aces & break points correct for the entire match.
Points won by each set: [ 30-16, 32-15, ?, ? ]

Interesting complexity involved there… On paper that match-up wasn’t obvious despite Courier being ranked higher [1 vs 9] & defending champion – Ivanisevic had won their two previous meetings (one on clay). The Croat was abysmal in the first two sets though, he couldn’t find himself on very slow surface (the match was delayed due to heavy rain) which took away his biggest weapon – the serve (he struck just 1 out of 12 aces in the first two sets!). Another shower halted the match for 30 minutes before the 3rd set. Courier wasted break points at the beginning of that set and something what seemed like his overwhelming three-set victory turned into a problematic 4-setter; Ivanisevic dealt better with fading light, Courier wanted to stop the match in the mid 3rd set, but the officials decided to continue until the end of the set and the angry American lost his serve twice (his only set lost in the entire event!). On the following day, the conditions were completely different – the court was much faster, and they both played their best tennis. Ivanisevic led 4:1* in the 4th set, so his advancement to the semifinals was suddenly imaginable because he’d won two previous meetings against Courier from behind. He also led 5:4 (30/0) when Courier played very good overhead. In the next game Ivanisevic led 30/0 again, but he was broken at ‘deuce’ and Courier easily served out the 2-hour 54-minute victory.

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