Almost three-hour, one of the most important four-setters in Sampras’ career, and very intriguing match especially in retrospect because those two young players (Sampras 19, Muster 23) would become the best ones in the future. The first of their eleven meetings, Muster’s first appearance on Stadium Court in New York. The Austrian  played a semifinal in his previous major while Sampras  never reached beyond the fourth round (had lost twice at that stage) so the European was a slight favorite. I think it could have been a straight set affair if Sampras had not won the 2nd set; for a long time it seemed like a nightmarish match for him. In the 1st set he saved a double set point at 4:5*, in the tie-break he led 6:3* and played two bad volleys on set points to lose it 6/8. In the 2nd set he jumped to a 5:1* lead only to find himself at 5:6 (30-all) – fired an ace then. In the second tie-break there was controversial call that gave Muster a point for a 5:4* lead. Sampras got three points in a row though, and settled. He began the 3rd set with a *0:2 deficit, but once broke back, he began to rule. In the 4th set Muster was struggling with his left leg and no chance in Sampras’ five service games (the Austrian lost his serve at 1:2).
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