uo90becker_cahill

uo90becker_cahill

Points won by each set: [ 17-29, 30-19, 34-23, 35-37, 31-24 ]
Points won directly behind the serve:
26 % Becker – 31 of 117
22 % Cahill – 36 of 162

Two year’s after Cahill sensational win over Becker in the second round of US Open ’88, they played another match against each other on the main arena in New York, and the Australian [48] began it in a similar fashion as he finished Becker two years earlier. The 3-hour 12-minute contest was quite unusual taking into account the number of breaks (especially break points – 38!) between two serve-and-volleyers. Cahill quickly led *3:0 in the 4th set, lost his serve then, and in his another three service games he withstood 10 break points in total (5, 2, 3) playing a couple of times difficult volleys. He led 30/0 at 3-all in the decider when his potentially winning volley hit the net-cord and stayed on his side. Three points later, on a break point he netted another, that time easy BH volley. That break was decisive – Becker [2] converted his second match point with a high backhand volley responding to Cahill’s dive on the baseline.

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