French Open 1993,1994
Sergi Bruguera was the top Spanish player in the 1990s and inspired a generation of his compatriots to follow in his footsteps. He was an emotional player, who when in form was a joy to watch, sliding around the court hitting winners on the run. But he also went through periods where he couldn’t find his form and seemed a forlorn figure. Bruguera was coached from his earliest days by his father Luis, who remained his coach for most of his career. Bruguera made his Grand Slam debut in the 1989 French Open, where he lost in the fourth round to Ronald Agenor having led by two sets to love. At the 1993 French Open Bruguera beat Pete Sampras in four sets in the quarters, Andrei Medvedev in straight sets in the semis and outlasted Jim Courier in five sets in the final. The following year Bruguera beat Courier in four sets in the semis and Alberto Berasategui in the final in four sets to retain his French Open title. At Wimbledon Bruguera outlasted Pat Rafter in the second round in 13-11 in the fifth set in a classic match before losing in straight sets to Michael Chang in the fourth round. Going for a hat trick of French titles in 1995, Bruguera was booed off the court after a row with the referee during a crucial fourth set tie break which he won against Magnus Larsson in the fourth round. He went on to beat Renzo Furlan in the quarters before losing in straight sets to Chang in the semis. At the 1997 French Open Bruguera beat Chang in four sets in the fourth round, Hicham Arazi in four sets in the quarters and Rafter in four sets in the semis before losing easily to Gustavo Kuerten in the final. Then Bruguera’s career began to wane and he retired at the end of 1998. Two years later he attempted a comeback, which never really got off the ground. Bruguera’s last Grand Slam event was at the U.S. Open 2001, where he lost in the opening round to Christophe Rochus.
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HEAD TO HEAD Win-Loss: M.Chang 1-2, J.Courier 2-1, S.Edberg 1-0, L.Hewitt 1-0, G.Ivanisevic 0-1, G.Kuerten 0-1, I.Lendl 0-1, T.Muster 0-2, P.Rafter 4-0, P.Sampras 1-1, M.Stich 1-0
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