Even though extremely skilful from a technical point of view, Stich was a prototype of an all-serve player. His physical preparation wasn’t great, so quite often he was mainly focused on holding his serve hitting returns erratically, therefore on faster surfaces he was playing more tie-breaks than anyone else in the early 90s, and created scorelines which broke new grounds:
– first “best of five” win not breaking the opponent (Edberg)
– first five-setter with only three breaks (Krajicek)
– first five-setter when the loser didn’t break once (Becker)
– first time squandering match points in two different sets of a final (Rosset)
Stich  was on his way to notch a comfortable 6-3, 6-4 victory in Halle; raced to a 3:0 lead, but wasted a break point at 3-all in the 2nd set (Rosset’s FH volley). In the tie-break Stich led 5:3*, 6:5 (BH error), 8:7 (ace) & 10:9 (FH error). He didn’t seem bothered with wasted chances and began the decider holding four times at ‘love’. Then at 5:4* he squandered another three match points (Rosset got two unreturned serves pointing the backhand and forced a forehand error with his volley on match point no. 6). Stich had his seventh and last MP leading 7:6 in the second tie-break – Rosset  responded with another service winner, this time towards the forehand. At 8-all the net-cord helped the Swiss as he returned – Stich played a reflex-volley, and Rosset passed him with ease. On his third MP, Rosset delivered another big serve to Stich’s forehand which was too heavy to be blocked. “It was a good match,” Rosset said. “With two good serving players like us, you just have to concentrate on the tiebreak for success.” # Rosset’s great revenge for a loss to Stich two years before in Stuttgart (indoors), when having a double match point, the Swiss committed two double faults in a row!
Rosset’s route to his 11th title:
1 Andrey Olhovskiy 6-4, 7-5
2 Olivier Delaitre 7-5, 6-3
Q Jimmy Connors 7-6(3), 6-3
S Jacco Eltingh 7-6(4), 7-5
W Michael Stich 3-6, 7-6(11), 7-6(8) – 7 m.p. [3, 4]
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