French Open 1995
Thomas Muster was a gutsy determined player who seemed to enjoy making rallies and matches go on as long as possible! Muster made his Grand Slam debut at the 1985 French Open, where he lost in round one to Balaczs Taroczy. Muster's big breakthrough year was 1989, when he reached the semi finals of the Australian Open, where he lost to Lendl in four sets, and made it through to the final of the Lipton Championships. Tragedy struck as Muster was run over by a drunk driver the night before the final and seriously injured his knee. Most pundits reckoned that the injury would finish Muster's career but Muster was determined to get back as soon as possible. After undergoing knee surgery Muster began practising again, using a specially crafted seat which supported his injured leg. Muster returned to the tour at the end of the year and was back in the winner's circle at Adelaide in January 1990. He won in Rome and reached the semis at the French, losing to Andres Gomez in straight sets. In 1995 Muster was unstoppable on clay, winning successive titles in Mexico City, Estoril, Barcelona, Monte Carlo and Rome. At the French Open he was overwhelming favourite. After edging out Alberto Costa in 5 sets in the quarter finals, Muster thrashed Yevgeny Kafelnikov in the semis and Michael Chang in the final to take his first Grand Slam title. Alex Corretja ended his winning streak at 40 matches in the first round at Gstaad. Muster continued 1996 as he had begun 1995. He retained his titles at Mexico City, Estoril, Barcelona, Monte Carlo and Rome and attained the number 1 ranking for 6 weeks. He was the overwhelming favourite for the French, but came up against a red hot Michael Stich in the fourth round and lost in four sets. At the 1997 Australian Open Muster beat Jim Courier and Goran Ivanisevic before losing in straight sets to Sampras in the semis. He failed to reach a final on clay in '97 but his good hard court form continued as he won the title at Key Biscayne over Sergi Bruguera. It was an emotional moment for Muster as memories of 1989 came flooding back. Muster said farewell to the game after a first round defeat to Nicolas Lapentti at the French Open in 1999 and later played seniors tennis.
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HEAD TO HEAD Win-Loss: A.Agassi 1-2, B.Becker 0-1, S.Bruguera 2-0, P.Cash 0-1, M.Chang 1-0, A.Costa 1-0, J.Courier 1-4, S.Edberg 0-1, A.Gomez 0-1, G.Ivanisevic 2-0, Y.Kafelnikov 1-0, G.Kuerten 0-1, I.Lendl 0-1, P.Rafter 0-1, M.Safin 0-1, P.Sampras 0-3, M.Stich 0-1
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