The final held on grass-courts at Kooyong – the venue of the Australian Open at the time.
The first two sets were shocking because Pernfors had little experience on grass – he had just played one tournament on this surface before, reaching the fourth round of Wimbledon ’86. Cash needed almost two and a half sets to settle down on his serve – he faced break points in 8 of his 11 initial service games! Since then only in 2 of 12. The 21-year-old Cash for the second time in his career won a clincher in the Davis Cup final, twice against Sweden in fourth rubbers! “This is a fantastic feeling,” Cash said. ”In a way, this is my greatest moment in tennis. That’s the best comeback I’ve ever made. He just played amazing tennis in the first two sets. I gutted out the match better than I’ve ever done before.” It was very surprising that the Swedish captain Hans Olsson named Pernfors to play in the final instead of Mats Wilander…
Scorelines of the final: AUSTRALIA d. SWEDEN 3:2
Pat Cash (AUS) d. Stefan Edberg (SWE) 13-11, 13-11, 6-4 – 3 hours, 45 minutes
Mikael Pernfors (SWE) d. Paul McNamee (AUS) 6-3, 6-1, 6-3
Pat Cash / John Fitzgerald (AUS) d. Stefan Edberg / Anders Jarryd (SWE) 6-3, 6-4, 4-6, 6-1
Pat Cash (AUS) d. Mikael Pernfors (SWE) 2-6, 4-6, 6-3, 6-4, 6-3 – 3 hours, 27 minutes
Stefan Edberg (SWE) d. Paul McNamee (AUS) 10-8, 6-4
From left: McNamara, McNamee, Fraser (captain), Fitzgerald & Cash
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