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Points won by each set: | 25-14, 36-32, 37-28 |
Points won directly behind the serve:
29 % Wilander – 25 of 84
20 % Lendl – 18 of 90

Very inconvenient date of Aussie Open was changed (from December/January to November) and finally the best two players in the world (Lend & McEnroe at the time) took part. The 19-year-old Wilander shocked the tennis world again. A year before he showed amazing patience triumphing in Paris, in Melbourne he displayed attacking attitude and after eliminating a double defending champion (Kriek) in the quarterfinal, he defeated the best two players & more experienced on grass in his last two matches. [1] Lendl led *4:2 in the 2nd set. In the 2nd game of the 3rd set, Wilander [5] served two aces in a row off his second serves (6 of 8 aces in that set)! The Swede faced break points serving to win 2nd & 3rd sets. The match featured many long baseline rallies, more associated with clay-court tennis than grass-court play. In the 3rd game of the 1st set one rally of 29 shots lasted 95 seconds. One month later Wilander comes back to Kooyong for the Davis Cup final, he wins two rubbers but Sweden loses 2-3 to Australia.

Wilander’s route to his 13th title (2nd major):
2 Ben Testerman 6-4, 4-6, 6-7, 6-3, 6-2
3 Roscoe Tanner 6-4, 6-7, 6-3, 6-1
4 Paul McNamee 6-4, 6-2, 7-6
Q Johan Kriek 6-3, 6-4, 7-6
S John McEnroe 4-6, 6-3, 6-4, 6-3
W Ivan Lendl 6-1, 6-4, 6-4

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