wb93sampras_becker

wb93sampras_becker

Points won by each set: [ 42-37, 36-31, 29-24 ]
Points won directly behind the serve:
41 % Sampras – 43 of 103
41 % Becker – 40 of 96

Their seventh meeting and the first one in ‘the best of five’ formula, a match that separated two epochs at Wimbledon: “Becker’s epoch” of the years 1985-92 and Sampras’ 1993-2000. The old king had to abdicate as “the Centre Court owner” in favour of the four years younger opponent, who was simply faster & serving better (above all more sufficiently, not committing double faults at crucial moments). It was pretty clear that the Centre Court at Wimbledon witnessed a future multiple champion while the days of the three-time former champion were counted, nonetheless Becker [4] played very good tennis in the following two editions reaching the semifinal in 1994 (defeated by Ivanisevic) and the final in 1995 (again beaten by Sampras, that time in more convincing style even though the German won the first set). In that 1993 semifinal Sampras obtained crucial breaks at 1-all in the 2nd, and 0-all in the 3rd set. He fought off break points in three different games of the 2nd set, and two break points serving to close the match out, the second one with his best backhand volley on the day… More than two years later they will play an indoor final concluded with exactly the same scoreline which is an exceptional rarity as far as ‘the best of 5’ matches are concerned #

# Comparison of their two matches with identical scorelines:
Wimbledon 1993 (SF): Sampras d. Becker 7-6(5), 6-4, 6-4… 2 hours 14 minutes… Total points: 107-92 (aces: 13-13)
Paris-Bercy 1995 (F): Sampras d. Becker 7-6(5), 6-4, 6-4… 2 hours 41 minutes… Total points: 133-115 (aces: 12-19)

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