rg91agassi_becker

Points won by each set: [ 52-47, 29-22, 20-29, 29-16 ]
Points won directly on serve:
28 % Agassi – 36 of 127
30 % Becker – 36 of 117

Very similar progress to their US Open ’90 semifinal where they played just eight points more in total; the main difference – in New York, a very long opening set lost Agassi [4], but it didn’t affect him at all, while in Paris it was Becker [2], who lost the tight opener, and later he said it was crucial for the final outcome. Becker gave his all in the opening set, he was serving big (fired 9 out of 16 aces in that set), trying to implement unusual tactics for himself based on aggressive returns and patient baseline rallies (Agassi was attacking the net more often throughout the match!), already in the first game of the match he played four dropshots; 7 out of 12 games went to ‘deuce’, Becker wasted a mini set point at 5-all to be broken in the following game, and lost his serve again at 2:3 in the 2nd set. He played great tennis in the set no. 3 (dropped just three points in five service games), led 1:0 (deuce) on serve in the 4th set when Agassi suddenly collected the last six games (he improved to 5:1 despite Becker leading 40/0 on serve).

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