Ranking-wise it was a huge upset [2 vs 413], but given the surface and the fact Cash had won their two previous major matches (both in four sets), that outcome couldn’t surprise any pundit. Simply the Australian had problems with his back and appendix and within a year when he played just a few events, between two Wimbledon editions he dropped from no. 7 to 413! Before Wimbledon ’86 he underwent an emergency appendectomy and afterwards began his quick comeback to the elite (he finished the season as a Davis Cup hero, ranked no. 24)… In the opener against Wilander he had not played a ground-stroke winner, but at 1:0 in the 2nd set he broke thanks to four backhand winners (!), and controlled the rest of that encounter. The 4th set was the longest despite the fewest games played because Cash held his first two service games after 4 and 9 deuces respectively (saved 9 break points in those games). One year later on the same court Cash defeats Wilander much easier playing in the fortnight tennis of his life, completely neutralising the serve of the Swede.
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