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  1. Voo de Mar says:
    Points won by each set: | 38-30, 29-21, 47-39 |
    Points won directly behind the serve:
    35 % McEnroe – 35 of 100
    15 % Gilbert – 16 of 102

    The last edition of the tournament in Dallas (WTC). McEnroe won it for the fifth time (1979, 81, 83-84, 89). Gilbert entered the event as an alternate. In the final he was serving to win the 3rd set – broken to ‘love’. The last big title in McEnroe’s career, came five years after his previous big title. The circumstances of the first round (quarterfinal int he case of that event) were very beneficial for him: Agassi injured his leg winning the 1st set against BigMac, Lendl barely survived a 4:37 hour marathon against Hlasek, and McEnroe took advantage of it being much fresher in their semifinal; Becker withdrew with flu, and his replacement – Gilbert – upset another favorite to the title, Edberg while Pernfors eliminated the best player of 1988 – Wilander. “It’s very bizarre; it’s unbelievable,” McEnroe said before the semifinals. “If we have anyone standing by the finals, it’ll be a plus. We went from having the greatest field of all-time to calling anyone and seeing if they’ll play.”

    McEnroe’s route to his 74th title:
    Q Andre Agassi 4-6, 3-0 ret.
    S Iavn Lendl 6-7(4), 7-6(5), 6-2, 7-5
    W Brad Gilbert 6-3, 6-3, 7-6(3)

    Prize money:
    $200.000 – winner
    $100.000 – runner-up
    $50.000 – semifinalists
    $22.000 – quarter-finalists

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