Points won by each set: | 32-26, 26-17, 29-31 |
Points won directly behind the serve:
39 % Becker – 33 of 83
39 % Cash – 31 of 78

On paper that match looked sensationally, as a potential epic: Becker [8] the two-time Wimbledon champion (1985-86) against Cash [4] the defending champion. In their previous match, Autumn ’87, Cash prevailed 6-3, 2-6, 7-6 after 2 hours 40 minutes, and the first 40 minutes of their Wimbledon meeting, indicated it’d be another tight affair. Nothing like that happened though. Becker [8] saved a break point at 2-all with an ace, and broke leading 5:4 in a game Cash played at the net below his average. Becker felt comfortably on the court, controlling the rest of the 2nd set throughout. The Australian improved his groundstrokes and finally broke in the 3rd set, led *4:2 (30/15) and when hopes for a great match revived, he unexpectedly lost four games in a row. Very unusual situation for a “6-4” set that the loser won more points. They’ll play only one more match, on the same court two years later when Cash struggles with injuries, and Becker easily wins again in three sets.

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