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  1. Voo de Mar says:
    Points won by each set: | 34-25, 29-16 |
    Points won directly behind the serve:
    40 % Mansdorf – 21 of 52
    23 % Rostagno – 12 of 52

    Mansdorf, the best Israeli in the Open Era, enjoyed the best two weeks of his tennis life in Europe between October 24 and November 6, 1988. He came to Paris as a player ranked No. 33, and had plenty of luck at the beginning, because the best player in the world Wilander withdrew from their match in the last moment due to flu, the potential substitutes already left France, so Mansdorf didn’t face a ‘lucky loser’. He began his campaign defeating Rostagno [38] and it initiated a 15-set winning streak – the Israeli captured the title – the biggest in his career, and it was such a confidence booster that in the following week he reached the semifinals in Antwerp (the most prestigious ‘exho’ event at the time), stunning No. 2 Ivan Lendl 6-2, 6-2 in the second round!

    Mansdorf’s route to his 4th title:
    1 Mats Wilander w/o
    2 Derrick Rostagno 6-3, 6-2
    Q Aaron Krickstein 6-3, 7-6(2)
    S Jakob Hlasek 7-6(8), 7-6(2)
    W Brad Gilbert 6-3, 6-2, 6-3

    Mansdorf earned $262.000, more than 10 times his best previous tournament paycheck. “I was taking a lot of chances on the big points, and the ball was going in,” said Mansdorf after the final, “When I came to Paris I saw the draw and thought I got unlucky to play the No. 1 player in the world in the first round in a big tournament. But I just got lucky this time.

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