rome94sampras_becker

Points won by each set: | 30-20, 28-16, 32-18 |
Points won directly behind the serve:
24 % Sampras – 19 of 77
17 % Becker – 12 of 67

Sampras never won the French Open, but in 1994 he claimed a title in the second most prestigious clay-court event at Foro Italico. The fastest courts as far as clay is concerned, allowed Sampras to efficiently implement his hard-court tactics (attacking the net behind the 1st serve, staying back behind the 2nd serve). Besides that he was a bit lucky facing a serve-and-volleyer in the final. Sampras outplaying the German, notched his 27th consecutive win – the streak will be broken at 29 the following week in Dusseldorf. “He is playing tennis like they will play the game in the 21st century,” Becker said, “He’s doing things I’ve never seen before on a tennis court. I can only compare him to the greatest of the greats. He just beat the heck out of me today.”
“I have to think of myself as one of the favorites,” said Sampras of the French Open ’94, “There are a lot of other favorites, like Sergi Brugera and Andrei Medvedev. But I just want to win at the French Open, this year, next year, in five years. There are a lot of great players who haven’t won there. It would mean a lot to me to have won all four major titles.” In Paris, Sampras lost to Jim Courier in four sets (quarterfinal)…

Sampras’ route to his 28th title:
1 Aaron Krickstein 6-1, 7-6(2)
2 Alex Corretja 6-3, 3-6, 6-3
3 Andrei Chesnokov 7-6(8), 6-3
Q Andrea Gaudenzi 6-3, 7-5
S Slava Dosedel 6-1, 6-2
W Boris Becker 6-1, 6-2, 6-2

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