‘Boum-boum Bruguera’, titled the entire cover Mundo Deportivo playing graphically with the B of Bruguera and Boom (then boum) and semantically with the nickname of the victim of the Catalan tennis player on Monday, April 29.
At 20 years old Sergi Bruguera definitely showed his credentials internationally, winning a universal figure and world number two, the German Boris becker, ‘Boom Boom’ in honor of the explosiveness with the serve and the volley that led him to reign in Wimbledon with only 17 years.
On the clay of Monte Carlo, where the Teuton resided, who was idolized in the Principality, Sergi Bruguera managed everything, also with the rain that postponed the rain from Sunday to Monday when the German dominated 4-5.
The next day Bruguera was able to shout “a dream has come true”, after winning by 5-7, 6-4, 7-6 (6) and 7-6 (4) in 4h.05 ‘ of game. When the finals of a Masters 1000 were elucidated to the best of five sets. In the margin of three weeks he had beaten Becker twice, whom he had already eliminated in the second round of Barcelona 6-3 and 6-4.
“I’ll believe it when I read it in the press,” said the one who debuted in the top-10 as eighth in the ranking, becoming the fifth Spanish male tennis player to get into the “top ten.” I was following in the footsteps of Manolo Orantes, Pepe Higueras, Joan Aguilera and his rival par excellence, Emilio Sánchez Vicario.
It was a crazy spring for Sergi Bruguera, who won 16 matches out of 17 counting his triumphs in Estoril and Monte-Carlo and the defeat in the final of the Godó from 1991, precisely against Emilio Sánchez and two weeks before Monaco, since then the order was inverse to the current one.
Bruguera won Monte Carlo again later. He never managed to do it at the Godó, despite the impulse of the public. A void in his personal record and also in the tournament as he is one of the greats in history on land, as he later underlined as two-time champion of Roland Garros, in 2003 and 2004.
Coach of players such as Richard Gasquet or Jo-Wilfried Tsonga, he is the Spanish captain of Davis cup. He was in the conquest of the ‘silver salad bowl’ of 2019. He did not raise it as a player, he enjoyed it a lot from the bench.