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.
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