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  1. Voo de Mar says:
    Points won by each set: | 35-29, 36-32, 28-14 |
    Points won directly behind the serve:
    19 % Wilander –16 of 82
    11 % Cahill – 11 of 92

    # Cahill [33] was the first unseeded US Open semifinalist since Kriek in 1980, and initiated a good nine-year period for the Australian tennis when its “second league” representatives were reaching major semifinals at all Slams. Cahill found his way to be in the last four mainly thanks to the second round when he stunned Becker (the ’89 US Open champion). The first two sets of his encounter against Wilander [2] were quite strange because the serve didn’t mean too much. There were five consecutive breaks in the opener, in the 2nd set the Australian should have led 5:2 because at game point he was playing a forehand from a winnable position. The Swede finished the match with two serve-and-volley actions, something he hadn’t implemented before. Actually completely different match comparing to his final against Lendl when he was attacking the net constantly and during rallies was using backhand slice. In the semifinal, Wilander faced a net-rusher and kept the ball in play with backhand top-spins operating primarily on the baseline.

    # Australian unseeded players in the major semifinals:
    1988 – Darren Cahill (US Open)_ no. 33
    1993 – Wally Masur (US Open)_ no. 24
    1996 – Mark Woodforde (Australian Open)_ no. 67
    1996 – Jason Stoltenberg (Wimbledon)_ no. 46
    1997 – Patrick Rafter (Roland Garros)_ no. 25
    1997 – Todd Woodbridge (Wimbledon)_ no. 37

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