Courier  defended his title, but he wasn’t a clear favorite having lost 3 out of 5 matches against Ivanisevic . That Roman final turned the tables in their rivalry though, and the American never lost a set to the Croat in their last six matches. It’s tough to say Ivanisevic was very bad on that day, simply in the 1st set his serve didn’t function at all. He had break point chances in two games of the opener. He improved in the 2nd set with his serve, but at 2-all was broken after the longest game of the match (6 deuces) and from that moment Courier controlled the final outcome. “It was easier than I thought it would be. You can never be sure with Goran that he won’t start hitting aces and big shots from the baseline. I think the key today was that I got most of his serves back into play” said Courier after the 2-hour encounter. For the 23-year-old American it was his last big title, nevertheless he played two major finals the same year afterwards.
Courier’s route to his 13th title:
1 Horacio de la Pena 6-2, 6-1
2 Paul Haarhuis 6-3, 2-6, 6-0
3 Fabrice Santoro 6-3, 6-3
Q Sergi Bruguera 6-3, 6-4
S Michael Chang 6-2, 6-7(2), 6-0
W Goran Ivanisevic 6-1, 6-2, 6-2
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