Noah’s magic show was well and truly in effect.
“I couldn't understand when he was going deep, when he was going short, when he was going for the drop shot. It was very confusing,” Wilander said.
“If you watch some of the footage of the final with Mats, it’s amazing,” Higueras says. “The gets that Yannick made at the net – it was unbelievable.”
Higueras points out that Noah had his share of deficiencies, both technically and tactically, but when it came to sheer athleticism, nobody compared.
“If you look at his game, he didn’t really have anything big at all besides the serve,” Higueras said. “But boy he was quick as a cat. He would stretch and slide and recover. I’ve watched some of that footage and I couldn’t believe it – and good luck if you wanted to lob him, because he had a pretty good vertical, too.”
More than a champion who ended a French run of futility, Noah was an apparition, a magic man and a saviour.