from Tennis de France (issue of March 1991)
translated into English by Mauro Cappiello
Had that backhand volley passed rather than staying on the other side of the net, Guy Forget would have found himself in the final of a tournament for the third time this year in Stuttgart. But, strained for the fatigue of the recent weeks, the Frenchman’s arm lacked power. On the score of six points all in the second set tie-break, Jonas Svensson was not going to let his chance go.
Two points later, Guy Forget lost his first tiebreak since the one of the second set in the match against Boris Becker in Melbourne. A set later, it was the entire semi-final that slipped away from him.
After the early disappointment, yet, the Frenchman had many reasons to be happy because his victories against Aguilera (6-2, 6-3), Hlasek (7-6, 7-6) and Ivanisevic (7-5, 7-6), combined with Sampras’ retirement in Memphis, were worth him a bounce from the seventh to the fifth place in the ATP standings, tying the best ranking ever achieved by Leconte (1986), two steps behind Noah (third in 1986).
Winner over Jonas Svensson in the final, Stefan Edberg consolidated his world leadership. With Becker injured and without coach, the Swede looks firmly installed at the top again until... Indian Wells where he won last year and Key Biscayne where he was beaten in the final by Agassi.
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