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  1. Voo de Mar says:
    Points won by each set: | 37-32, 38-42, 30-26, 33-27 |
    Points won directly behind the serve:
    25 % Pioline – 33 of 132
    22 % Courier – 30 of 133

    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 [14] 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.

    # Comparison of their two US Open meetings:
    1992 (3R): Courier d. Pioline 7-6, 6-4, 3-6, 6-3… 3 hours 22 minutes… Total points: 145-120 (breaks: 3-2)
    1993 (4R): Pioline d. Courier 7-5, 6-7, 6-4, 6-4… 3 hours 32 minutes… Total points: 138-127 (breaks: 4-1)

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