Points won directly behind the serve:
31 % Stich – 30 of 94
29 % Rosset – 24 of 82
Stich’s majestic performance in a hot day (32°C degrees) as he becomes the last serve-and-volleyer to advance to the French Open final. Although he never reached No. 1 in the world, he managed to accomplish something actually reserved only for the greatest Open Era guys – namely played a major final at three different venues following his triumph at Wimbledon ’91 and a defeat in the US Open final ’94 (the other player who did it despite never reaching No. 1 is Guillermo Vilas; the Argentine took part in finals in Melbourne, Paris & New York).
Against Rosset, Stich notched 5-game winning streaks twice; in the opener from 3-all, then between *5:4 (2nd set) & 4:0* (3rd set). He needed six match points to win the semifinal which may be counted to 13 MPs required to beat the Swiss giant (Rosset had saved 7 match points in their previous encounter in Halle ’95)! 🙂 Rosset participated in as many as 51 Grand Slam events but advanced to the quarterfinals just two times, the semifinal enjoyed once – when he lost to Stich in Paris ’96.