rome92courier_costa

Points won by each set: [ 46-44, 26-8, 31-27]
Points won directly on serve:
24 % Courier – 24 of 97
25 % Costa – 22 of 85

In the years 1991-93, Courier [1] played his best at the biggest events – three Masters1K crowns already in eight titles. That triumph is really impressive in retrospect because he’d beaten Muster & Bruguera, along with him Top 5 clay-courters of the 90s. Costa [15] was in form of his life – after winning in Estoril & Barcelona, he reached the Hamburg semifinal and the finals in Madrid & Rome (having beaten five quality opponents easily), and within two months he advanced from No. 56 to 10. The first set of the Rome final was physically very demanding due to very high temperature, Costa had a triple mini-set point at 4-all. After he lost the set he wasn’t the same afterwards, not only in that final, but in another years in general! Courier already led *5:2 in the 3rd set when Costa played his best forehand on the day and won two straight games. “I couldn’t do anything against him,” Costa said. “He is a very complete player, very strong. Jim is extremely concentrated on every point. He has no ups and downs.”

Courier’s route to his 8th title:
1 Thomas Muster 7-6(1), 6-4
2 Francisco Clavet 6-2, 6-2
3 Sergi Bruguera 6-3, 6-2
Q Christian Miniussi 4-6, 6-4, 6-1
S Carl-Uwe Steeb 5-7, 6-1, 6-2
W Carlos Costa 7-6(3), 6-0, 6-4

# Courier saved a mini-match point at 4-all in the 2nd set vs Miniussi

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