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  1. Voo de Mar says:
    36 of 57 games included to the stats (63%)
    1st serves in: Chang – 51%, Lendl – 58%
    Break points: Chang (7) 6/16 – Lendl 7/20 (13)

    It’s a very rare occurrence that one player has beaten the other one twice trailing two-sets-to-love. Something like that happened between Chang & Lendl. Only two years after their memorable match in the fourth round at Roland Garros (Chang won 4-6 4-6 6-3 6-3 6-3 in 4:37 hrs), the American managed once again to beat the best player of the 80s despite losing convincingly the opening two sets. In the Bavarian capital, in contrary to Paris ’89, Lendl found himself within a few points of winning each set he lost:
    – 8 points away at 4-all in the 3rd set
    – 3 points away at 4:3* in the 4th set tie-break (earlier squandered break points in Chang’s two service games)
    – 1 point away at 6:5* in the decider (earlier led *3:1, deuce)… Chang saved MP with a backhand passing-shot

    “I was in a great position. I had no pressure,” the 19-year-old Chang [15] said. “I was two sets down and a match point against me. I don’t have any expectations. I just think I wanted to go out there and play a good match. I was happy the way everything went.” The 12 years older Lendl [5], who produced twice as many winners as Chang, said. “A lot of players get discouraged at being two sets down. I don’t think he gets as discouraged as others at that stage.” After the match Chang had an impressive 10-2 record in five-setters, six times trailing 0-2 in sets; amazing that he won’t win another match in that style in the following 12 years of his career!

    Eight longest matches in the tournament history (held in years 1990-1999):
    4 hours 42 minutes: Michael Chang d. Ivan Lendl 2-6, 4-6, 6-4, 7-6(5), 9-7
    4 hours 32 minutes: Petr Korda d. Pete Sampras 3-6, 7-6(3), 3-6, 7-6(10), 13-11
    4 hours 17 minutes: Patrick Rafter d. Petr Korda 7-5, 3-6, 6-7(4), 7-6(4), 9-7
    3 hours 56 minutes: Brad Gilbert d. David Wheaton 6-3, 3-6, 7-6(7), 2-6, 6-4
    3 hours 47 minutes: Petr Korda d. Michael Stich 2-6, 6-4, 7-6(5), 2-6, 11-9
    3 hours 40 minutes: Andre Agassi d. Karol Kucera 7-6(1), 6-7(2), 2-6, 7-5, 6-0
    3 hours 38 minutes: Michael Chang d. Goran Ivanisevic 6-7(3), 6-2, 6-4, 3-6, 6-3
    3 hours 22 minutes: Pete Sampras d. Goran Ivanisevic 5-7, 6-3, 6-4, 6-7(5), 10-8
  2. MultiStar83 says:
    I think there are some other long matches in the history of the “Compac Grand Slam Cup” in Munich. The one I can remember for sure was the semifinal 1992 between Chang and Ivanisevic. I believe that five-setter took 3 hours and 38 minutes… Also Agassi vs. Kucera (semifinal of 1998) took something about 3 hours and 40 minutes I am quite sure.
    • Voo de Mar says:
      Thanks, corrected. I don’t know why I forgot that those matches were longer than Sampras-Ivanisevic, maybe the 10-8 decider made a trick in my subconsciousness 😉 I know hundreds of scorelines, if you asked me about matches Chang-Ivanisevic & Agassi-Kucera in Munich, I’d reply in which year they happened and tell the correct scorelines, perhaps messing something with scores of the tie-breaks.

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