View Full Version : was Miami best-to-5 all the way thru in the old days?

03-01-2007, 05:57 PM

1987 Key Biscayne
FL, U.S.A. Hard R128 Muster 7-6 7-5 5-7 0-6 6-4

mis-print or true? even 1st round was best to 5

Moose Malloy
03-02-2007, 10:46 AM
yeah it was until 1989, I think.

There were several non slam events that were best of 5 throughout in the 70s as well.

03-02-2007, 11:58 AM
Back when it was the Lipton Championships, it basically had the format of a Slam in terms of draw size and best-of-five. Commenters would speculate as to whether this should be the "fifth Slam" (much like golf where there was talk of whether the Player's Championship was Slam worthy). I don't think the tours ever really gave it any serious consideration.

I think the tourney did the right thing in scaling back to a 96 draw and best of 3 until the finals. It's still a huge, terriffic event, but not comparable to a Slam.

03-03-2007, 01:58 PM
It's gone back and forth. Way back when it was 5 sets. I remember the '90 final specifically between Agassi and Edberg because Agassi won in 4.

03-03-2007, 09:00 PM
always wind blowin like stink

Moose Malloy
03-19-2007, 11:16 AM
was just looking through the draws of this event:

1985-1986, 128 draw, best of 5 from quarters on

1987-1989, 128 draw, best of 5 throughout

1990-present, 96 draw, best of 5 for final only(though it was best of 3 for the '91,'92,'93,'94,'95,& '03 finals)

really tough format in the 80s, Noah had to win 3 five setters & 2 four setters just to get the semis in '87! hope he had days off.