The most one-sided Masters final of the 80s. Lendl  overwhelmed his opponent with heavy ground-strokes (their fourth and last match on carpet, Lendl never dropped a set), Wilander  changed the tactics after the opener and began attacking the net as server and receiver, but 3-all (30/15) in the 3rd set it was his maximum on that day. The 27-year-old Lendl triumphed for the 5th and last time in Madison Square Garden. “I like it better this way. It’s much nicer to win in straight sets.” said Lendl after the 2-hour 20-minute match, referring to their previous meeting (4-set marathon at US Open). “I played well and felt in control. I could rally, but I also could be aggressive when I had to be.”
Lendl’s route to his 70th 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
# The only time in the history of event the semifinals were random, thus Lendl faced Gilbert in his group & semifinal
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