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  1. Voo de Mar says:
    Points won by each set: | 28-20, 34-25, 26-28 |
    Points won directly behind the serve:
    17 % Wilander – 15 of 85
    7 % Jaite – 6 of 76

    A second of three finals between these two players, 23-year-old at the time. Jaite [17] led with a break in the first two sets, 3:2 in 1st and 2:0 in 2nd set (also 4:3). In the 3rd set the Swede led 5:1* when dropped 12 consecutive points. Serving to win the title for the second time, Wilander didn’t show any signs of hesitation. Thanks to that triumph, Wilander had collected all three biggest clay-court titles (Monte Carlo, Rome & French Open). He was the main favorite to conquer Paris for the third time, but lost the final to his biggest rival at the time – Lendl. “It seems like I’m playing better than ever,” said Wilander after winning the 2 hour 14 minute final. “I think I have a better game against any player now. I can control them from the beginning. Now I’m not so scared when I go out and play somebody who hits the ball hard.”

    Wilander’s route to his 24th title:
    1 Andrei Chesnokov 6-2, 6-3
    2 Luiz Mattar 6-2, 6-1
    3 Cassio Motta 6-3, 6-2
    Q Andres Gomez 6-1, 7-6(3)
    S John McEnroe 6-1, 6-3
    W Martin Jaite 6-3, 6-4, 6-4

    Serve & volley: Wilander 6/7, Jaite 3/3

    Jaite was the oldest among three best Argentinians born in the 60s. Each of them played finals at Foro Italico in successive years.
    Short comparison of their similar careers:

    Martin Jaite (b. 1964)… highest rank 10… titles 12… biggest finals (Rome ’87, M. Carlo ’88)… best GS (French Open – QF ’85)
    Alberto Mancini (b. 1969)… highest rank 8… titles 3… biggest titles (M. Carlo & Rome ’89)… best GS (French Open – QF ’89)
    Guillermo P-Roldan (b. 1969)… highest rank 13… titles 9… biggest final (Rome ’88)… best GS (French Open – QF ’88)

    They all three actually disappeared from the tour in 1993.

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