Becker d. Lendl 7-6 (2), 1-6, 6-3, 7-6 (4) The match lasted 3 hours 51 minutes – an hour less than each of the U.S. Open finals between Lendl and Wilander. Had it gone five sets it would have equaled them. Becker had won their last three meetings, including five-set matches at the Masters and Wimbledon. Since they played two tiebreaks in this match, their USO record in tiebreaks coming into the final is interesting: 18-3 for Lendl, 6-3 for Becker. Conditions at the start of the final were 93 degrees, with humidity at 67%. One courtside thermometer read 115 degrees. The 1988 final had started at only 72 degrees with 48% humidity. Becker was 21, Lendl 29. This was Lendl’s 8th consecutive final here (matching Tilden’s streak), and his last. In 1990 Sampras broke the streak. Becker had beaten Rostagno with a let-cord winner on Rostagno's match point, in the second round. According to CBS Lendl had been broken 10 times before the final – 7 times in a five-setter with Chesnokov (a very exciting fifth set under lights). My stats (I'm missing one point won by Lendl). Becker had 22 clean winners apart from service: 4 FH, 2 BH, 4 FHV, 11 BHV, 1 overhead. Lendl had 33 clean winners apart from service: 15 FH, 10 BH, 4 FHV, 2 BHV, 2 overheads. Becker's winners by set: 6, 2, 5, 9 Lendl's winners by set: 11, 5, 7, 10 I’ve never seen a stat like Becker’s in the first set: 6 winning backhand volleys and no other clean winners of any kind (other than aces). I have Becker at 15 volley winners (and 1 smash) for the whole match. Becker had 1 service return winner (off a second serve), no passing shots, and no lob winners. Lendl had 5 service return winners, all passes. He had 16 passing shots that were not returns: 10 forehands and 6 backhands. The match had fewer winners than the five-set final the previous year, when Wilander finished with 33 and Lendl with 81. Becker had 10 aces and 11 doubles. Lendl had 4 aces and 6 doubles. STATS IN THE MEDIA Per the W. Post and Chicago Sun-Times, Becker had 11 aces and 23 other service winners, Lendl 5 aces and 14 service winners. Becker and Lendl each had 43 unforced errors, per the Miami Herald. CBS has Becker's service percentage in the first three sets at 54, 40, and 53. The network put Lendl at 58, 61, and 75. For the whole match, Becker won 77% of his first-serve points, Lendl 63% (Philadelphia Inquirer). Per CBS, Becker was at 39% on second serve at 4-3 in the fourth, a remarkable stat for the winner – especially considering that Lendl was at 69% only a few games before. Each man won 134 points overall, per the Miami Herald. Each won 143, per the LA Times. At 4-3 in the fourth set, CBS had Becker winning 45 of 83 approaches. So Becker was not approaching quite as much as Wilander the year before. He would have needed to approach a total of 93 times to equal Wilander’s ultimate rate of approaches per game (Wilander approached 131 times per Steve Flink). For the whole match, Becker won 55 of 104 approaches, per the Philadelphia Inquirer.