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Points won by each set: [ 27-18, 29-24, 32-21 ]
Points won directly on serve:
33 % Lendl – 25 of 75
10 % Mecir – 8 of 76

The final played in extreme heat, the temperature on the cushioned hard-court surface reached 135 degrees (57 Celsius!). Both players were wearing baseball caps, rather unnatural clothing form them. Even though Mecir [13] won just six games like in their previous major final (US Open ’86), the progress of the match was different. In New York, Mecir was playing worse and worse; in Melbourne he was subtly improving. The serve mainly separated the Czechoslovaks, as a consequence of Lendl’s fantastic physical preparation – Mecir’s serve was a disaster from the beginning while Lendl [1] struck two aces in several games throughout, in the first game of the 3rd set even three.

Lendl’s route to his 75th title:
1 Alexander Mronz 6-0, 6-1, 6-3
2 Carl-Uwe Steeb 6-2, 3-6, 6-0, 6-3
3 Nicklas Kulti 6-2, 6-4, 6-3
4 Amos Mansdorf 7-6(2), 6-4, 6-2
Q John McEnroe 7-6(0), 6-2, 7-6(2)
S Thomas Muster 6-2, 6-4, 5-7, 7-5
W Miloslav Mecir 6-2, 6-2, 6-2

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