montecarlo88lendl_jaite

Points won by each set: [ 33-37, 36-33, 42-36, 30-20 ]
Points won directly behind the serve:
19 % Lendl – 25 of 129
10 % Jaite – 15 of 138

New York Times
Lendl won $67,500 for the victory today, raising his total to more than $100,000 this year. Jaite, ranked 15th in the world and seeded seventh here, collected $33,750. “I was annoyed with myself at first,” Lendl said. “But after the second set, I saw he was getting really tired. The harder I hit the ball, the better it was for me. He made some errors.” Jaite won the first set in the 12th game, breaking Lendl when he hit a backhand to Lendl’s feet as Lendl approached the net. Lendl served for the second set at 5:2 (deuce), but Jaite broke back. Lendl recovered to take the set. In the 3rd set, Jaite went up, 3:1, with an early break. Lendl broke back and then went up for 5:3. But a threaded backhand and a delicate drop shot got Jaite back into the set at 5-all. Jaite was broken at the next game. Lendl had to go to his fourth set point in the 12th game before closing it out with a smash of a defensive lob. In the 4th set Lendl broke in games Nos. 5 & 9.

Lendl’s route to his 72nd title:
2 Christian Bergstrom 7-6(1), 7-5
3 Horst Skoff 6-3, 7-5
Q Joakim Nystrom 7-6(2), 6-2
S Yannick Noah 4-6, 7-6(4), 6-3
W Martin Jaite 5-7, 6-4, 7-5, 6-3

# Lendl came back to the circuit after a two-month layoff (stress fracture in his right foot), he was four points away from losing to Noah as he led *5:3 in the tie-break

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