wimbledon87cash_connors

wimbledon87cash_connors

Points won by each set: [ 26-18, 38-30, 28-12 ]
Points won directly behind the serve:
35 % Cash – 25 of 71
17 % Connors – 14 of 81

Brilliant performance from Cash [11], perhaps the best one in his career considering the importance. It seemed that Connors [7] would reach his first major final in three years because he’d easily beaten Cash in all their three previous encounters (excluding Davis Cup dead rubber), however, during Wimbledon ’87 Cash was serving & volleying exceptionally well (the semifinal began winning his first 15 points on serve!), which gave him a bigger margin in return games. The crucial moment of the match came in the 10th game of the 2nd set. Connors broke back and had three game points to level the score, at one of those points he missed an easy put away volley. After third deuce, Cash got two points with two excellent volleys and took away from Connors the belief of another astonishing comeback (the 35-year-old American – the oldest player in the draw – miraculously survived his 4th round match vs. Mikael Pernfors). The 22-year-old Australian was so confident in the 3rd set that leading 3:0 made another break of serve at ‘love’ lobbing Connors twice, even though he hadn’t used that stroke even once before in the match.

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