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Points won by each set: [ 32-22, 45-45, 31-17 ]
Points won directly on serve:
19 % Agassi – 16 of 81
23 % Gilbert – 26 of 112

Despite being a superior player in years 1989-92, Agassi [9] had lost four consecutive matches to the sneaky Gilbert [25] who will be Agassi’s coach one year later. And probably that complex somewhat affected Agassi in the 2nd set in which he led 5:3 (40/15) on serve. Up to that moment Agassi had lost his serve just twice in the entire event, and then he simply choked playing four tentative points in a row – on double match point he first committed his second double fault in the game, then he played a lousy ball allowing Gilbert to hit a forehand winner. At 6:5 the favorite had another match point in the longest (5 deuces) game of the final – that time he missed a forehand return off Gilbert’s weak second serve. Agassi broke in the 3rd set twice and sealed the victory in 2 hours 22 minutes, claiming his first title of ’93 in his first event of the new season (he was skipping a flight to Australia until 1995). Afterwards, having generally displayed an awesome form, he said he’s mature enough to become No. 1 in the world of 1993 – “It’s a big accomplishment to be No. 1. Respected by those who have been there and haven’t been there. There’s a new wave of tennis, and I want to be a part of it.” He will need to wait more than two years to accomplish that.

Agassi’s route to his 18th title:
1 Jonathan Stark 6-2, 7-6(7)
2 Patrick McEnroe 6-0, 6-2
Q Marcos Ondruska 6-0, 6-4
S Jeff Tarango 6-3, 6-3
W Brad Gilbert 6-2, 6-7(4), 6-2

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