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  1. Voo de Mar says:
    Preparing the picture I used this thread

    Points won directly behind the serve:
    6 % Wilander – 7 of 117
    7 % Vilas – 10 of 134

    Until 2006, Wilander had played two longest 4-set (tie-break) matches, and what’s absolutely amazing, he played them both in Grand Slam finals with involvement of ‘bagel’ sets! Below the sentences I’ve pasted from the thread.
    At *4:0 in the 1st set, Vilas held in a game that lasted 18 minutes. Vilas had a point for a two-set lead on Wilander’s serve at 6:5 in the tiebreak but hit a forehand return just long. Vilas won only 12 points during the third set. He made several tired-looking shots. At 2-all, deuce in the 4th set, with Vilas serving, there was a rally of 84 shots; Wilander finished it with a backhand winner. “It doesn’t matter that I’m the youngest ever champion, the most important thing is just to win,” said 17-year-old Wilander. “I was very tired in the fourth set, and had a cramp in my arm, but playing slowly was the only way to beat Vilas.”

    Wilander’s route to his maiden title:
    1 Alejandro Cortes 6-4, 6-3, 6-4
    2 Cassio Motta 6-3, 6-4, 4-6, 6-2
    3 Fernando Luna 6-3, 6-1, 6-0
    4 Ivan Lendl 4-6, 7-5, 3-6, 6-4, 6-2
    Q Vitas Gerulaitis 6-3, 6-3, 4-6, 6-4
    S Jose-Luis Clerc 7-5, 6-2, 1-6, 7-5
    W Guillermo Vilas 1-6, 7-6(6), 6-0, 6-4

    # Comparison of Wilander’s marathon 4-set finals at majors:
    1982 (Paris): Wilander d. Vilas 1-6, 7-6, 6-0, 6-4… 4 hours 42 minutes… Total points: 127-124 (breaks: 9-7)
    1987 (NYC): Lendl d. Wilander 6-7, 6-0, 7-6, 6-4… 4 hours 47 minutes… Total points: 160-142 (breaks: 8-4)

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