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  1. Voo de Mar says:
    Points won by each set: | 33-26, 29-21, 28-32, 35-33 |
    Points won directly behind the serve:
    14 % Wilander – 16 of 110
    20 % Gerulaitis – 24 of 117

    A 2-hour 50-minute clash of two technological epochs in men’s tennis, separated by the wooden (Gerulaitis) and graphite (Wilander) racquets. When these two players met earlier that year on a fast surface in the Brussels final, the 10-year older American survived 4-6, 7-6(2), 6-2. On clay he couldn’t deal with top-spins of the teenage opponent, who was consequently targeting [9] Gerulaitis’ old school backhand slice. The best exemplification of it came when Wilander trailed *1:2 (15/40) in the 4th set – then occurred the longest rally of the match, 38 strokes, most of them BH vs BH exchange, Gerulaitis smiled afterwards like he wanted to show it was above his usual patience, yet it wasn’t enough. Wilander [18] fought off a double break point also two games later when he led 3:2.

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