rome86lendl_sanchez

Points won by each set: [ 36-31, 25-32, 26-10, 26-9 ]
Points won directly on serve:
20 % Lendl – 19 of 92
16 % Sanchez – 17 of 103

2 hours 53 minutes… Lendl [1] was in terrific for at the time, but the 21-year-old Sanchez [34] enjoyed his breakthrough season, having won his first two titles in Nice & Munich (both on clay), and defeating Top 5 players (Becker, Wilander) just before the Roman final. Quite unexpectedly the first two sets were tight and similar: the Spaniard began with 3:0* (30-all), then led 5:4 (30-all) to lose five straight games, in the 2nd set he trailed *2:4 before winning five straight games. At one set apiece, Lendl decided to change his tactics, constantly attacking the net and he completely surprised his opponent with the change of pace & excellent volley skills.

Lendl’s route to his 58th title:
1 Francesco Cancellotti 6-4, 6-2
2 Bruce Derlin 6-2, 6-1
3 Paolo Cane 6-2, 6-4
Q Henri Leconte 6-4, 6-2
S Yannick Noah 1-6, 6-2, 7-6(4) – 1 m.p.
W Emilio Sanchez 7-5, 4-6, 6-1, 6-1

Lendl saved the match point with an ace at 4:5

Serve & volley: Lendl 17/21, Sanchez 6/13

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