paris86becker_casal

paris86becker_casal

Points won by each set: | 32-27, 29-23, 46-42 |
Points won directly behind the serve:
37 % Becker – 36 of 95
23 % Casal – 24 of 104

The 18-year-old Becker [2] won two big finals in 1986 after similar scorelines # Just like during the Wimbledon final, he was close to be a double break down in the 3rd set, however, the order of serving in those two finals was different. For the 24-year-old Casal [100] that Paris-Bercy final marked his biggest singles achievement. Being strongly supported by the Parisian crowd, the underdog led 3:1* (40/15) in the 3rd set when the teenager from West Germany fired a second-serve ace…
It was the first edition of the most prestigious indoor tournament of the regular season, but at the time the event had a similar status to Sydney & Tokyo – Becker won them in 1986 too, becoming the first man since John Newcombe (1974) to win three tournaments on three different continents within three weeks!

Becker’s route to his 9th title:
1 Hugo Nunez 7-5, 6-4
2 Kevin Curren 6-2, 6-4
Q Jonas Svensson 6-4, 6-4
S Henri Leconte 6-2, 3-6, 6-3
W Sergio Casal 6-4, 6-3, 7-6(3)

# Comparison of Becker’s two similar finals in 1986:
Wimbledon: Becker d. Lendl 6-4, 6-3, 7-5… 2 hours 14 minutes… total points: 94-85… Becker hit 15 aces off 98 serves
Paris: Becker d. Casal 6-4, 6-3, 7-6(3)… 2 hours 18 minutes… total points: 107-92… Becker hit 22 aces off 95 serves

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