wembley85lendl_becker

wembley85lendl_becker

Points won by each set: [ 42-43, 32-23, 27-30, 26-22, 35-26 ]
Points won directly on serve:
25 % Lendl – 37 of 146
32 % Becker – 52 of 160

“You are improving day by day,” the 25-year-old Lendl [1] told Becker [5], to the delight of the capacity crowd of 9.300 having defeated the youngster for the third time in their third meeting. “I barely beat you today and I’m getting too old to improve.” The 18-year-old West German tried to win his 18th match in England of 1985 (titles at Queens Club & Wimbledon). Becker saved a set point with a service winner at *5:6 in the tie-break. Lendl had two game points to level at 5-all in the 3rd set, he improved in the crucial moments in the 4th set – it came as he was trailing *3:4 (0/30), he struck an ace (called out, overruled by the chair-umpire without Becker’s protest) and won five straight games then. Becker, who was very emotional through the first four sets, in the decider calmed down, escaped from a double break twice and hit very good return at 4:5 (30-all), but Lendl responded to it with a terrific backhand passing-shot followed up with a service winner. The final lasted 3 hours 46 minutes, the first out of four five-setters between them.

Lendl’s route to his 52nd title:
1 Larry Stefanki 3-6, 6-2, 6-0
2 Tomas Smid 6-3, 6-0
Q Johan Kriek 6-2, 6-1
S David Pate 6-4, 6-7(5), 6-3
W Boris Becker 6-7(6), 6-3, 4-6, 6-4, 6-4

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