uo88wilander_lendl

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  1. Voo de Mar says:
    The longest final in the US Open history (4 hours 54 minutes). In 2012, Andy Murray (coached by Lendl) and Novak Djokovic tied the record

    Points won by each set: | 36-32, 31-38, 32-22, 33-37, 34-32 |
    Points won directly behind the serve:
    13 % Wilander – 25 of 181
    15 % Lendl – 23 of 146

    It was the second straight final in New York between Lendl and Wilander. And just like during the 1987 final, it was a topsy-turvy battle. Wilander led 4:1* (30-all) in the 2nd set and *4:3 (30/0) in the 4th. In the deciding set, the Swede established a 2:0* (15/0) lead only to lose 14 of the next 17 points – Lendl was 3:2* (30/0) ahead when another twist occurred. Exceptionally intriguing final from a tactical point of view. The Swede had started constantly attacking the net in his service games at 2:0 in the 2nd set, and he continued it until the last point. He approached the net 131 times in total! In the meantime, he delivered 37 consecutive first serves in [from 4:4, 15/30 in 1st to *4:2 (15/30) in 2nd set]. Thanks to that triumph, Wilander became the best player in the world at the age of 24, and lost his motivation. He never again played in a Grand Slam final.

    Wilander’s route to his 31st title:
    1 Greg Holmes 6-2, 6-1, 6-4
    2 Kevin Curren 3-6, 6-3, 6-2, 3-6, 6-3
    3 Mikael Pernfors 6-4, 6-0, 7-5
    4 Mark Woodforde 6-3, 6-2, 6-2
    Q Emilio Sanchez 3-6, 7-6(6), 6-0, 6-4
    S Darren Cahill 6-4, 6-4, 6-2
    W Ivan Lendl 6-4, 4-6, 6-3, 5-7, 6-4

    Serve and volley: Wilander 24/47, Lendl 4/4

    # They faced each other in five Grand Slam finals, three of them turned into marathons. Here is the comparison:
    French Open 1987: Lendl d. Wilander 7-5, 6-2, 3-6, 7-6… 4 hours 17 minutes… Total points – 261… Breaks of serve – 10
    US Open 1987: Lendl d. Wilander 6-7, 6-0, 7-6, 6-4… 4 hours 47 minutes… Total points – 302… Breaks of serve – 12
    US Open 1988: Wilander d. Lendl 6-4, 4-6, 6-3, 5-7, 6-4… 4 hours 54 minutes… Total points – 327… Breaks of serve – 11

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