Points won by each set: | 56-51, 28-13, 18-31, 26-11 |
Points won directly behind the serve:
36 % Lendl – 44 of 121
36 % Agassi – 41 of 113
Lendl was the toughest opponent in the first few years of Agassi’s career. At the US Open ’89 they met for the sixth time, every time with Lendl leaving the court as a winner, however, in five of those meetings Agassi grabbed a set. The American teenager matched to Lendl from the back of the court, but the ten years older Czechoslovak was methodically able to expose strategical weaknesses in Agassi’s game-style. The 19-year-old Agassi  began that semifinal serving better than ever before (struck 8 out of 12 aces in the opener!), he had a break point at 4:1, but missed backhand down the line, and from that moment Lendl  started to control the final outcome against the weakening opponent. The three-time US Open champion won the very long first set 7/4, and even though he lost three straight games from 3-all in the 3rd set, his ultimate victory couldn’t be questioned awhile.