The event held on the same venue as the US Open 1975-77 (green-clay). Arguably the third biggest title (out of 23) won by Noah, behind Roland Garros ’83 & Rome ’85. Prior to the final Vilas led 9-1 in their Head-to-Head, but he was almost 34 year-old and it was his first final in three years, ultimately the last one (played 104) in his very long career. “Guillermo was playing really well at the beginning of the match,” Noah said, “I was a little bit tense and nervous at the beginning. I got more relaxed in the second set, started to serve better and put more pressure on him. I got used to his strategy and played better, and he seemed to be kind of tired at the end.” The Frenchman got the $80,000 first prize, the runner-up half of that.
Noah’s route to his 18th title:
1 Jan Gunnarsson 6-1, 6-1
2 Ronald Agenor 6-7, 6-3, 6-2
3 Paul McNamee 6-0, 6-3
Q Pablo Arraya 6-3, 6-2
S Ivan Lendl 6-3, 7-5
W Guillermo Vilas 7-6(3), 6-0
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