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Points won by each set: [ 18-30, 30-27, 40-37, 29-25 ]
Points won directly on serve:
32 % Becker – 39 of 121
29 % Lendl – 34 of 115

[2] Becker snapped [3] Lendl’s 20-match winning streak in Melbourne becoming the best player in the world. The German began the final in a bad style having problems with his lower back, but as he lost the opener the things improved for him. A great example how to play the best tennis at the most important moments – Becker got the decisive breaks at 5:4 in three consecutive sets with spectacular winners – in the 2nd set a dive-forehand volley, in the 3rd set a curved passing-shot on a run (in Lendl’s style), in the 4th set a forehand return to which Lendl didn’t even react… The only Aussie Open final in which the runner-up won more points than the champion (119-117); Lendl’s last Grand Slam final.

Becker’s route to his 30th title:
1 Jeremy Bates 6-4, 6-2, 6-3
2 Marian Vajda 6-4, 6-1, 6-3
3 Omar Camporese 7-6(4), 7-6(5), 0-6, 4-6, 14-12
4 Wayne Ferreira 6-4, 7-6(5), 6-4
Q Guy Forget 6-2, 7-6(2), 6-3
S Patrick McEnroe 6-7(2), 6-4, 6-1, 6-4
W Ivan Lendl 1-6, 6-4, 6-4, 6-4

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