kb87mecir_lendl

Points won by each set: | 38-35, 28-18, 43-36 |
Points won directly on serve:
23 % Mecir – 23 of 100
20 % Lendl – 20 of 98

I’ve decided to make a big pic of that final because in the years 1987-89 it was “the fifth Slam” – 128-draw, and “the best of five” format.
Arguably the biggest success in career of the 23-year-old at the time Mecir [9]. When the Czechoslovaks met in the US Open final six months before, Lendl [1] trashed his compatriot, he did it the same a few months later in Hamburg as well. In Key Biscayne, Lendl was two points away from winning the opening set, and led 4:1* in the 3rd set. The match lasted 2 hours and 37 minutes. ‘I think more important is the way I played overall,’ said Lendl, declining to blame his poor serving. ‘I didn’t want to open the game up too much because he anticipates well and he punches it into the open spaces. I wasn’t able to do what I did in the Open. I couldn’t pass him when he came in. If you play lousy, you have to suffer. He played well; I played lousy. I missed a lot of easy shots. If you can’t get him out of his rhythm, he’s extremely hard to play.’

Mecir’s route to his 6th title:
1 Cassio Motta 6-1, 6-3, 6-0
2 Jaime Yzaga 6-4, 6-3, 6-2
3 Jimmy Arias 6-3, 6-4, 6-4
4 Bobo Zivojinovic 2-6, 6-1, 6-1, 6-4
Q Stefan Edberg 3-6, 6-2, 6-2, 6-4
S Yannick Noah 7-5, 5-1 ret.
W Ivan Lendl 7-5, 6-2, 7-5

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