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Points won by each set: [ 33-20, 35-27, 32-24 ]
Points won directly behind the serve:
19 % Lendl – 13 of 67
6 % Mecir – 7 of 104

Two months after Mecir’s sensational win over Lendl in the Key Biscayne final, they met again in another big final, and even though Lendl [1] was a favorite, no-one expected such a one-sided encounter given their meeting in Key Biscayne and Lendl’s two tight matches before the final against weaker players than Mecir, who advanced to the final quite easily. The younger [5] of two Czechoslovaks was known as a moody player though, and simply hadn’t his good day. Lendl stated afterwards: “Milos played, in my opinion, just horrible, he didn’t do anything right, and he never came out of it. Maybe he didn’t sleep well, maybe he didn’t feel well, I don’t know. I’d like to think it was my game that stopped him but if I said that I would be lying.” Lendl built solid advantage in each of three sets: wasted two break points at 4:0 in the 1st set, one break point at 3:0 in the 2nd & led 4:0* (30/15) in the 3rd; in each of the last two sets Mecir won three straight games.

Lendl’s route to his 63rd title:
2 Darren Cahill 6-2, 6-1
3 Jan Gunnarsson 6-2, 6-1
Q Thierry Tulasne 4-6, 6-4, 6-3
S Kent Carlsson 3-6, 7-5, 6-0
W Miloslav Mecir 6-1, 6-3, 6-3

# Lendl had two very tough matches before the final (2:43 hrs vs Tulasne & 2:52 hrs vs Carlsson – the Swede was serving at 5:4, 30/15 in the 2nd set)

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