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  1. Voo de Mar says:
    Points won directly behind the serve:
    37 % Becker – 57 of 151
    30 % Rostagno – 57 of 189

    One of the most memorable second round matches at majors, and one of the longest ones (4:26 hrs) at the time in US Open history. Becker [2] entered the Centre Court as a huge favorite, but it was a very hot, windy day, and the West German couldn’t find his rhythm on serve in the opening set, he couldn’t also deal with Rostagno’s serve through almost two hours. Nevertheless he thought that he won the 2nd set at 5:4* (40/30) when the American played a volley close to the sideline – Becker was convinced the ball was ‘out’, Gerry Armstrong expressed a different opinion. In the 4th set, Rostagno [65] saved six break points at 3:4 and served for a place in the third round at 6:5 (15/0) – lost four straight points though. In the tie-break, he led *6:4 making a FH-volley error on fifth stroke of the rally. On the second match point he played ‘chip & charge’, Becker slipped playing cross-court FH, but the ball hit the net-cord changing its trajectory – it’s enough to force Rostagno’s volley error. Moment later, Becker on his first set point played his only successful lob of that encounter, and without troubles established a 5:1* (40/15) lead in the decider when his short lapse of concentration occurred.

    After the loss, Rostagno had a 1-7 record in five-setters, finished career with one of the worst records: 4-11 (1-10 in the meantime).

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