By winning the U.S. Open Clay Court Championship singles titles today, Andres Gomez continued winning in Indianapolis and Steffi Graf continued winning everywhere.
Gomez, playing in the men's final for the fourth straight year, defeated top-seeded Thierry Tulasne, 6-4, 7-6 (7-1). He also won in 1984 and was runner-up in '83 and '85.
Top-seeded Graf, 16, had a tougher time in beating Gabriela Sabatini.
To win her third consecutive tournament and stretch her match streak to 15, Graf fought off a match point and a three-game deficit in the second set. Sabatini, 15, who lost to Graf for the third time in three meetings, led five games to two and 30-40 on Graf's serve when the roof caved in. Graf won eight straight points to win the match, 2-6, 7-6 (7-5), 6-4.
"I figured it was now or never," said Graf of Sabatini's match point. "Somebody else would have been scared to go for it and then I hit two in a row, so it was good."
Gomez, despite being caught by passing shots and lobs several times, consistently charged the net and went for drop shots and winners while keeping Tulasne deep.
"I didn't find a tactic the whole match," said Tulasne. "I was looking for a way to disturb him, but I didn't find it."
The victory earned Gomez $51,000 -- nearly matching his season total of $52,828 before this tournament. Tulasne won $25,500.
"I was a little too relaxed in the second set," said Gomez, 26, who lost his serve three times in the final set before dominating the tie breaker.
"I knew I had to be the one to create the pressure."
The final set included six consecutive service breaks, including one in the 10th game when Tulasne had a set point. Gomez broke the streak by holding in the 11th game, winning four straight points after being down, 0-30.
"I felt a little loose going into the tie breaker and a little tired," Tulasne, 22, said. "When you're one set down and it's 6-6, it's very difficult to play."