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Points won by each set: [ 48-47, 35-26, 51-44, 33-20 ]
Points won directly on serve:
28 % Wilander – 43 of 151
22 % Curren – 35 of 153

The first of two similar major finals lost by Curren [21], meanwhile the 20-year-old Wilander [4] had already won two Slams on grass, something that seemed completely improbable when he sensationally triumphed at Roland Garros ’82. The Swede managed to deconstruct Curren’s powerful serve, but wasted several chances in the opener (Curren fought off break points in three different games, including a set point & came back from 0:4, 3:5 in the tie-break). There were six breaks in total in the 3rd set (!) – Curren was serving at 5:3 when was broken at ’30’. He wasn’t closer than three points to lead 2-1 in sets. “I lost control a little, and when he served for the set, I thought I was in trouble,” Wilander said. “But after the tiebreaker, I thought I should win it. I don’t think he served as well after the first set.” It was the first of their two meetings, the second one also occurred at major – US Open ’88… Wilander won it 3-6, 6-3, 6-2, 3-6, 6-3.

Wilander’s route to his 16th title (2nd Aussie Open):
2 David Mustard 1-6, 6-3, 7-5, 6-3
3 Dale Houston 6-3, 2-6, 7-6, 6-1
4 Stefan Simonsson 2-6, 6-1, 5-7, 6-2, 6-3
Q Stefan Edberg 7-5, 6-3, 1-6, 6-4
S Johan Kriek 6-1, 6-0, 6-2
W Kevin Curren 6-7(5), 6-4, 7-6(4), 6-2

# Comparison of Curren’s two major finals:
Aussie Open ’84: Wilander d. Curen 6-7, 6-4, 7-6, 6-2… 2 hours 52 minutes… Total points: 167-137
Wimbledon ’85: Becker d. Curren 6-3, 6-7, 7-6, 6-4… 3 hours 18 minutes… Total points: 162-140

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