Symbolic end of Lendl’s reign. The best player of the 80s, for the first time didn’t advance to the Masters final (he always did it when appeared in the event before, so the years 1980-88). Lendl  was in a great form having won 37 out of 38 official sets at the time, and facing just 4 break points in his three ’round robin’ matches (broken once). Edberg created three break point chances already in the 2nd game of the match. The Swede withstood six break points in the opener (three mini set points at 4-all) and took the breaker 7/5 (Lendl had led 8:1 in their tie-breaks before). Edberg was on his way to notch a perfect win not being broken, but Lendl improved from 3:5 to 5-all, only to be broken for the second time. Two months later Lendl takes a revenge in the Aussie Open final.
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