#### abmk

##### Bionic Poster

The ONLY time these two met in a grand slam. Stich was the defending champion and sampras hadn’t found much success on grass before this wimbledon.

I hadn’t seen this match before . One of Sampras’ best performances easily.. His serving was top-notch and returning very good. Sampras played at his very best, stich was not quite as sharp . Stich’s serving could’ve easily been better and though his returning wasn’t bad, it could’ve been easily better.

The first set, stich started out a bit slow and got broken in his first service game due to some excellent returning from Sampras. Missed a backhand pass on BP very slightly with Sampras serving for the set.

The second set was a demolition with stich getting broken twice. The third set, the difference was a single break, when stich went off and Sampras capitalized with his excellent returning .

The highlight shot of the match was a stunning running low backhand pass by Sampras at 4-2 in the 2nd set to get a breakpoint. Then he got the break with a forehand return winner.

Stich grumbled quite a bit to the umpire about the line calls more than once.

These are the stats :

This match again shows so clearly what I’ve always felt:

Just the no of aces is no indicator of the quality of serving. The return errors should also be shown, for a more accurate measure. Sampras had ‘just’ 9 aces, but stich got back only 43% of the serves.

Both players SnVed on every serve, 1st and 2nd and there were very few rallies. Which is why there were so few unforced errors.

Sampras had 7 return passing winners, 1 of the FH wing and 6 of the BH wing. He also had 2 other passes, both of the BH wing. Therefore in total 9 passing shot winners, 8 of the BH wing and 1 of the FH wing

Stich had ZERO return passing winners, but had 3 passing shot winners, all of the FH wing

Please note that these are passing shot winners from the baseline only, I didn’t mark the shots at the net when one player passed the other at the net.

The ATP stats:

http://www.atpworldtour.com/Share/Match-Facts-Pop-Up.aspx?t=540&y=1992&r=5&p=S402

The ATP site has the stats wrong. There is a huge difference in the total no of points won.

The return % in the stats table was flashed at the end of the match ( I didn’t compute it ). With the help of that , we get total no of points as 146 ( I got 145 ), ATP has it at 166.

This is how I calculated the total no points from the returns % in stats.

Sampras had 63% return % in, which means he didn’t put 37% of the serves back into play. Now that 37% comprises of 15 return errors, 7 aces and 1 service winner by stich. Total = 23.

Therefore no of points “played” on stich’s serve = 23*100/37 =62

He had 3 DFs, so that makes his no of service points = 65

Stich had 43% returns in, which means he didn’t put 57% of the serves back into play.Now that 57% comprises of 32 return errors,9 aces and 4 service winners form Sampras. Total=45

Therefore no of points “played” on sampras’ serve = 45*100/57=79

He had 2 DFs, so that makes his no of service points = 81

Therefore total no of points = 65+81=146

I hadn’t seen this match before . One of Sampras’ best performances easily.. His serving was top-notch and returning very good. Sampras played at his very best, stich was not quite as sharp . Stich’s serving could’ve easily been better and though his returning wasn’t bad, it could’ve been easily better.

The first set, stich started out a bit slow and got broken in his first service game due to some excellent returning from Sampras. Missed a backhand pass on BP very slightly with Sampras serving for the set.

The second set was a demolition with stich getting broken twice. The third set, the difference was a single break, when stich went off and Sampras capitalized with his excellent returning .

The highlight shot of the match was a stunning running low backhand pass by Sampras at 4-2 in the 2nd set to get a breakpoint. Then he got the break with a forehand return winner.

Stich grumbled quite a bit to the umpire about the line calls more than once.

These are the stats :

This match again shows so clearly what I’ve always felt:

Just the no of aces is no indicator of the quality of serving. The return errors should also be shown, for a more accurate measure. Sampras had ‘just’ 9 aces, but stich got back only 43% of the serves.

Both players SnVed on every serve, 1st and 2nd and there were very few rallies. Which is why there were so few unforced errors.

Sampras had 7 return passing winners, 1 of the FH wing and 6 of the BH wing. He also had 2 other passes, both of the BH wing. Therefore in total 9 passing shot winners, 8 of the BH wing and 1 of the FH wing

Stich had ZERO return passing winners, but had 3 passing shot winners, all of the FH wing

Please note that these are passing shot winners from the baseline only, I didn’t mark the shots at the net when one player passed the other at the net.

The ATP stats:

http://www.atpworldtour.com/Share/Match-Facts-Pop-Up.aspx?t=540&y=1992&r=5&p=S402

The ATP site has the stats wrong. There is a huge difference in the total no of points won.

The return % in the stats table was flashed at the end of the match ( I didn’t compute it ). With the help of that , we get total no of points as 146 ( I got 145 ), ATP has it at 166.

This is how I calculated the total no points from the returns % in stats.

Sampras had 63% return % in, which means he didn’t put 37% of the serves back into play. Now that 37% comprises of 15 return errors, 7 aces and 1 service winner by stich. Total = 23.

Therefore no of points “played” on stich’s serve = 23*100/37 =62

He had 3 DFs, so that makes his no of service points = 65

Stich had 43% returns in, which means he didn’t put 57% of the serves back into play.Now that 57% comprises of 32 return errors,9 aces and 4 service winners form Sampras. Total=45

Therefore no of points “played” on sampras’ serve = 45*100/57=79

He had 2 DFs, so that makes his no of service points = 81

Therefore total no of points = 65+81=146

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