rg93bruguera_courier

Points won by each set: | 36-31, 26-34, 35-25, 25-33, 31-23 |
Points won directly behind the serve:
16 % Bruguera – 22 of 133
19 % Courier – 33 of 166

Prior to the final, Courier led 4-0 in their H2H, having won all nine sets they played! Bruguera got the only break of the opener after 4 deuces at 1-all, he also got a break to open the 3rd set after even longer game (8 deuces). In the final set (the entire match lasted 3:59 hrs), Bruguera was *0:2 (0/15), but managed to win five consecutive games. Serving to win the championship, he saved a double break point. Perhaps Bruguera’s easier route to the final was vital; he spent 10:21h entering the final while Courier 15:51h. The American had won 20 consecutive matches in Paris, the following year he lost to Bruguera again, that time in a four-set semifinal.

Bruguera’s route to his 8th title:
1 Henri Leconte 7-6(3), 6-1, 6-0
2 Thierry Champion 6-0, 6-0, 6-0
3 Magnus Larsson 6-1, 6-3, 6-1
4 Fernando Meligeni 6-3, 6-1, 7-5
Q Pete Sampras 6-3, 4-6, 6-1, 6-4
S Andrei Medvedev 6-0, 6-4, 6-2
W Jim Courier 6-4, 2-6, 6-2, 3-6, 6-3

# …when Courier triumphed in Paris for the first time, he also had defeated Larsson in the third round (much tougher encounter); Bruguera needed just 60 minutes to trash the 1990 quarter-finalist – Champion

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