The only time in their 12 meetings (8-4 Becker) when they both were at the top of their service performances. The older German  was three points away from winning the 2nd set tie-break and had a set point at 5:4* (40/30) in the 3rd set – Stich  played BH volley winner then, and took both tie-breaks 7/5. Stich lost his amazing service timing at the beginning of the 4th set and Becker jumped to a 4:0* (30/15) lead. The only break of the decider came at 1-all; in the last game Becker needed three match points, saving a break point, before ultimately forcing Stich’s return error. Stich hit 13 of his 21 aces in the first two sets… At *3:4 (30-all) in the 2nd set an unprecedented moment occurred: Becker missed his first serve, then hit the net-cord five times in a row before finally delivering a good ball on seventh attempt! # Stich’s very similar loss to his quarterfinal a year before in Melbourne. In both matches, facing big servers, Stich was serving tremendously well over three sets; he was better in two out of three tight endings, but couldn’t maintain his serving level after three hours of play.
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