uo88wilander_lendl

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  1. Voo de Mar says:
    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

    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

    It was 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 the 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

    Lendl and Wilander 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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