Big surprise, and the end of a period when Courier was the best in the world for two years (he spent there 58 weeks at four streaks). The American advanced to 7 out of 10 straight majors (all three of 1993), and as a US Open 91 runner-up, and US Open ’92 semifinalist, he was the main candidate (along with Sampras) to play the final in New York ’93. His defeat to Pioline  was unlikely because he had defeated the Frenchman in their three previous meetings, including a third round match at the US Open ’92 (but it was a tough four-setter, they played the same number of points like in 1993 #). The Frenchman was two points away from leading 2-0 at 6:5* (deuce), but losing a tie-break (4/7) didn’t upset him. He got the deciding breaks at 4-all in 3rd and 1-all in 4th set.
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