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Points won by each set: | 28-18, 37-31, 17-31, 33-22 |
Points directly behind the serve:
31 % Becker – 32 of 103
33 % Chang – 39 of 115

Becker [4] knew how to play against Chang [5], the German defeated the American in five of their six meetings, easily even on his least favorite surface (6-4, 6-4, 6-2 at Roland Garros ’91). The final lasted 2 hours 30 minutes and was quite similar to their previous major match, excluding the 3rd set in which Chang jumped to a 3:0 lead. It’s surprising that Chang got more points directly behind the serve so it’s tough to say that Becker overwhelmed his opponent with powerful serve. The German triumphed in Melbourne for the second time in a five-year span #

Becker’s route to his last Grand Slam title (45th overall):
1 Greg Rusedski 6-4, 3-6, 4-6, 6-3, 6-3
2 Thomas Johansson 4-6, 3-6, 6-2, 6-1, 6-4
3 Magnus Larsson 7-6(5), 6-3, 6-3
4 Brett Steven 1-6, 6-4, 6-3, 6-2
Q Yevgeny Kafelnikov 6-4, 7-6(9), 6-1
S Mark Woodforde 6-4, 6-2, 6-0
W Michael Chang 6-2, 6-4, 2-6, 6-2

# Comparison of Becker’s two 4-set Aussie Open finals:
1991: Becker d. Lendl 1-6, 6-4, 6-4, 6-4… 2 hours 50 minutes… Total points: 117-119
1996: Becker d. Chang 6-2, 6-4, 2-6, 6-4… 2 hours 30 minutes… Total points: 115-103

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