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  1. Voo de Mar says:
    Points won by each set: | 24-36, 39-39, 28-23, 31-19 |
    Points won directly behind the serve:
    31 % Edberg – 35 of 110
    25 % Becker – 33 of 129

    The 13th and last ‘Masters’ edition in New York. In the 3-hour 2-minute final, Edberg 3 out of 4 aces served in the 8/6 tie-break, in which he also delivered a service winner facing a set point! “One ball, that was the difference,” Becker said about his set point in the 2nd set, “It would have been over. But that’s tennis. Sometimes it’s good or bad, depending on what side of the net you are. If Stefan and I stay healthy, it seems likely that one of us will be the next No. 1. To be the official No. 1. Now I am sort of the unofficial No. 1. I want to see it written on paper that I can be No. 1… and Lendl maybe No. 2.” Becker won Wimbledon & US Open in 1989… Edberg, meanwhile, had helped to erase the memories of his losses in the finals of the French Open and at Wimbledon: “There’ll be at last smile,” Edberg said. “Tennis is a very strange game.” # It was their second very important match within two seasons won by Edberg in four sets with the help of the 2nd set tie-break.

    Edberg’s route to his 21st title:
    rr Andre Agassi 6-4, 6-2
    rr Brad Gilbert 6-1, 6-3
    rr Boris Becker 4-6, 1-6
    S Ivan Lendl 7-6(5), 7-5
    W Boris Becker 4-6, 7-6(6), 6-3, 6-1

    # Comparison of their two similar 4-set finals:
    Wimbledon 1988: Edberg d. Becker 4-6, 7-6, 6-4, 6-2… 2 hours 50 minutes… Total points: 127-118… Breaks: 4-2
    Masters 1989: Edberg d. Becker 4-6, 7-6, 6-3, 6-1… 3 hours 2 minutes… Total points: 122-117… Breaks: 6-4

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