stockholm93stich_ivanisevic

Points won by each set: [ 26-35, 42-41, 44-40, 28-15 ]
Points won directly behind the serve:
41 % Stich – 55 of 134
45 % Ivanisevic – 62 of 137

## Ivanisevic [10] almost copied the scoreline of the previous Stockholm final in which he participated, but this time he finished as a runner-up. He was relatively close to win the match in straight sets as he had a set point in the 2nd set tie-break (his forehand flied too wide off Stich’s second serve) and led 5:4 (30-all) in the 3rd set. He was unbroken in eleven consecutive sets, but losing two tie-breaks made an impact on him and Stich got a break at “15” to lead 2:0 in the 4th set. The Croat was broken again in the last game of the match having a game point before. Stich [4] played only four backhand winners, but two of them in the first tie-break and another one on his first match point. Both players barely survived their opening matches against local guys (Stich two games away from defeat to Pernfors while Ivanisevic saved two match points vs Bergstrom).

Stich’s route to his 12th title:
2 Mikael Pernfors 6-7(3), 7-5, 6-2
3 Magnus Gustafsson 7-6(2), 6-4
Q Stefan Edberg 1-6, 6-2, 6-4
S Marc Rosset 6-4, 7-6(1)
W Goran Ivanisevic 4-6, 7-6(6), 7-6(3), 6-2

# Stich trailed *1:3 in the 3rd set vs Edberg (two games away from defeat against him & Pernfors)

## Comparison of Ivanisevic’s back-to-back Stockholm finals:
1992: Ivanisevic d. Forget 7-6, 4-6, 7-6, 6-2… 2 hours 44 minutes… Total points: 130-123 (aces: 30-17)… Breaks: 2-1
1993: Stich d. Ivanisevic 4-6, 7-6, 7-6, 6-2… 2 hours 33 minutes… Total points: 140-131 (aces: 15-30)… Breaks: 2-1

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