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  1. Voo de Mar says:
    Ivan Lendl won ‘Masters’ five times within seven years. Here are his first and last titles obtained in New York… Against Gerulaitis, he won his first huge title, in very dramatic circumstances (3 hours 52 minutes). Gerulaitis had three break points leading 2:0 in the 3rd set, afterwards Lendl saved a match point with an overhead in the 8/6 tie-break. Unfortunately the stats is deprived of the first six games. Total points for sets 2-5: Lendl 139-129 Gerulaitis.

    Lendl’s route to the title:
    rr. Guillermo Vilas 6-4, 6-1
    rr. Vitas Gerulaitis 4-6, 7-5, 6-2
    rr. Jose-Luis Clerc w/o
    S John McEnroe 6-4 6-2
    W Vitas Gerulaitis 6-7(5), 2-6, 7-6(6), 6-2, 6-4 – 1 m.p.

    Below text copied from an article:
    Lendl, at the peak of his powers, overwhelmed Wilander in 2 hours 23 minutes, Monday night to win the $500,000 Nabisco Masters for a record fifth time. The world’s No. 1 player for the third straight year opened each set with a service break, forcing Wilander on the defensive throughout the contest, and he totaled eight breaks for the night. Each player relied on a baseline game, and there were numerous long rallies of 30 and more hits. Lendl’s blistering forehand proved to be too powerful a weapon for Wilander. Only twice was Wilander able to solve his rival’s serve, and on both occasions, Lendl retaliated immediately with a break of his own as he beat the Swede for the sixth consecutive time.
    With the victory, Lendl completed a year in which he built some staggering figures, including official earnings of more than $2 million. In addition to $210,000 for winning the Masters, he also collected an $800,000 bonus as the points leader of the Nabisco Grand Prix circuit. The million-dollar week he enjoyed in New York came one week after he collected $583,200 in the Stakes Match in West Palm Beach, bringing his total for less than two weeks to $1,593,200. It was the eighth tournament victory for Lendl during 1987, including the French and U.S. Opens in which he defeated Wilander in both finals. For the year, Lendl won 74 matches and lost 7. “It’s much easier to play like this,” Lendl said. “I felt like I was always in control. I could rally when I wanted to and, when Mats came in, I could defend myself. When I got aggressive, I made points that way also. This may be the best match I played all year. I’m really glad the year is over, but when you play this well, you really don’t want to stop. Right now, I’m extremely tired, both mentally and physically. I’m looking forward now to the holidays.
    Match on YouTube
    Points won by each set: | 31-20, 28-19, 28-24 |
    Lendl hit 18 forehand winners, 16 backhand winners & 8 aces.

    Lendl’s route to the title:
    rr. Boris Becker 6-4, 6-7(3), 6-3
    rr. Brad Gilbert 6-2, 6-2
    rr. Jimmy Connors 4-3 ret.
    S Brad Gilbert 6-2, 6-4
    W Mats Wilander 6-2, 6-2, 6-3

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