The 18-year-old Medvedev  had already won five ATP titles (in five finals), all on clay, even though his style of play didn’t recall a typical clay-courter in the mass imagination; based on his style, Medvedev was more a hardourt player: big serve, quick rallies constructed of flat ground-strokes off both wings, taking the ball on the rise, avoiding the slice and frequent attacking the net (his net-skills were just average though). Following his triumph in Catalonia, he seemed to be the biggest contender preventing Courier’s third title at Roland Garros…
Third meeting with Bruguera , and for the third time the Ukrainian  left the court as a victor. In the opener Medvedev led *5:4 (30/15) when Bruguera’s mishit forehand turned into a winner. In the tie-break Medvedev led 6:4, but committed two straight errors, at 7-all he terribly lost two consecutive points, hitting twice the forehand from a dead ball, standing inside the serving boxes. He didn’t dwell on wasted chances and raced to a 3:0* lead in the 2nd set. In the 3rd set he saved a double set point, at 4:5 (service winner, FH winner). He fought off a break point at 1:2 in the 4th set and a break in the following game allowed him to control the rest of the final.
“The Barcelona Open”, arguably the most prestigious clay-court event behind Roland Garros and three Masters 1K, have been won by all best Spanish players (13 in total) from Gimeno to Alcaraz, except Ferrer (three finals lost to Nadal), Bruguera, Higueras & Corretja. For Bruguera, the double French Open champion, it’s certainly a big career loss (he played only two Barcelona finals despite participating in his home event yearly between 1988 and 2002).
Medvedev’s route to his 5th title:
1 Guillermo Perez-Roldan 6-2, 6-0
2 Bart Wuyts 6-3, 6-3
3 Karel Novacek 6-2, 6-2
Q Ivan Lendl 7-6(5), 6-2
S Thomas Muster 6-4, 6-3
W Sergi Bruguera 6-7(7), 6-3, 7-5, 6-4
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