Didn't he say something to the press after the match, like he was very relieved to have lost?
He said that after he lost in the '91 US Open QF's to Courier(when he was the defending champion)
He was referring to the pressure he had to deal with as being the youngest ever US Open champion, saying something like, 'in a way I'm glad I lost so I don't have to deal with this attention,' referring to offcourt attention, not that he didn't want to win.
The press made more out of it than it probably deserved, he certainly didn't tank in '91 or '92. He cites the '92 US Open final loss as the turning point in his career, where he realized how much he hated to lose & that being 2nd best wasn't good enough.