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Points won by each set: [ 23-31, 40-35, 40-42 ]
Points won directly behind the serve:
33 % Camporese – 37 of 109
34 % Lendl – 35 of 102

The 23-year-old Camporese played a role of a mysterious man in 1991. He was drifting the entire season between Nos. 50 & 30, but he could compete on equal terms against the best players in the world at the time – he defeated that year Lendl, Stich, Bruguera, Courier & Sampras, and thrice was relatively close to beat Becker! In the Netherlands he played a tournament of his life as No. 42. In the 2-hour 48-minute final he was three points away from defeat in the 2nd set, and came back from *3:5 in the decider saving two match points on return in the 10th game (Lendl’s errors: backhand slice, FH volley). Lendl [3] suffered his first loss after 14 consecutive wins, and looking in retrospect it ended his adherence to the tightest tennis elite – he was trying to come back to the top then, being unquestionably one of three best players in the world along with Becker & Edberg.

Camporese’ route to his maiden title:
1 Eric Jelen 6-2, 2-6, 6-2
2 Alex Antonitsch 6-3, 6-4
Q Karel Novacek 6-4, 7-5
S Paul Haarhuis 6-7(5), 6-2, 7-6(2)
W Ivan Lendl 3-6, 7-6(4), 7-6(4) – 2 m.p.

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