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Points won by each set: [ 31-21, 39-44, 26-37, 28-13, 51-40 ]
Points won directly on serve:
24 % Wilander – 38 of 153
24 % Cash – 43 of 177

The first Aussie Open at Flinders Park and very intriguing final – the longest in the decade (4 hours 27 minutes). Wilander [3] had two break points leading 4:1* in the 2nd set. Before it happened, the rain came and halted the game for 33 minutes. Another rain-delay (18 minutes) occurred when Cash led 3:0* (adv.) in the 3rd set. Cash [7] was leading in their H2H 4:3, so his triumph was quite probable, but the year 1988 belonged to Wilander and his stamina # The Swede easily won the 4th set and began the decider with 2:0. Cash broke back and was one game away from victory at 5:4 and 6:5, closer in game no. 10 – two points away at two decues, but made mistakes. He also had a game point at 6-all when mishit another volley. Wilander converted his first match point with an overhead.

Wilander’s route to his 27th title (5th major):
1 Richey Reneberg 7-6(5), 6-1, 6-3
2 Simon Youl 6-4, 6-2, 6-4
3 Magnus Gustafsson 6-1, 6-4, 6-1
4 Christian Saceanu 6-2, 6-4, 6-3
Q Anders Jarryd 7-6(2), 6-2, 6-3
S Stefan Edberg 6-0, 6-7(5), 6-3, 3-6, 6-1
W Pat Cash 6-3, 6-7(3), 3-6, 6-1, 8-6

# Wilander’s eight five-setters in 1988 (7-1):
Aussie Open (SF): Edberg 6-0, 6-7(5), 6-3, 3-6, 6-1
Aussie Open (F): Cash 6-3, 6-7(3), 3-6, 6-1, 8-6
French Open (3R): Zivojinovic 6-2, 6-7(5), 3-6, 6-3, 7-5
French Open (SF): Agassi 4-6, 6-2, 7-5, 5-7, 6-0
Davis Cup (SF): Noah 2-6, 13-11, 6-3, 3-6, 6-0
US Open (2R): Curren 3-6, 6-3, 6-2, 3-6, 6-3
US Open (F): Lendl 6-4, 4-6, 6-3, 5-7, 6-4
Davis Cup (F): Steeb 10-8, 6-1, 2-6, 4-6, 6-8

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