One of the tightest three-setters at majors as far as the second week is concerned. Courier  and Chang , third & fourth best US players of the ‘golden generation’, for ten years they had an exceptionally balanced rivalry (finished at 12-12) and quite strange that in those 24 meetings, only one occurred in the ‘best of five’ formula. But what a match it was! Chang pushed himself to a quite comfortable position to win all sets he lost:
1st set: he led 5:3*, at 5:4 he squandered four set points on serve (Courier saved two with winners & clinched the tie-break 7/5)
2nd set: he led *5:3 (30-all) when Courier shouted “coño” which in Spanish means ‘cone’, but also ‘cunt’… Courier got a warning, he was arguing with the umpire, and Chang committed a double fault; nonetheless the younger American was a point away from the set again at 6:5* (40/30) – Courier hit a FH winner and won the second tie-break 7/3
3rd set: he led 4:2* (40/15) – Courier withstood the double mini-set point in convincing style, later on leading 5:3* Chang got deuce three times, but in that set he was not able to produce a set point… facing the second match point he committed a double fault
Courier was 1-1-2 points respectively from losing the sets he won, three years later Ivanisevic will beat Siemerink (in three tie-breaks of Wimbledon quarterfinal) saving set point(s) in each set and it’s just one of two cases of this type I know.
You must be logged in to post a comment.