Sweden's Mats Wilander beat the world's number two ranked player Ivan Lendl of Czechoslovakia 7-5, 7-6 in the final of the Rio Tennis Challenge at the National Indoor Sports Centre, Canberra, on November 24.
1. SV & GVs Ivan Lendl serving to Mats Wilander who wins point with fierce line shot (3 shots) 0.13
2. GVs Wilander serves to Lendl, Wilander wins point (2 shots) 0.25
3. SV & GVs Wilander serves, Wilander cross-court shot wins (3 shots) 0.40
4. SV & GVs Wilander serves to Lendl, Wilander wins with deep volley (3 shots) 0.56
5. GVs Rally in progress, Lendl wins point with cross-court volley (3 shots) 1.02
6. SCU & GVs Lendl serves ace (3 shots) 1.12
7. SCU & GVs Lendl serving, Wilander wins point and match with forehand drive, players shake hands at net (3 shots) 1.27
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Background: CANBERRA, AUSTRALIA
Sweden's Mats Wilander beat the world's number two ranked player Ivan Lendl of Czechoslovakia 7-5, 7-6 in the final of the Rio Tennis Challenge at the National Indoor Sports Centre, Canberra, on November 24. He clinched the match by taking the second set tie-breaker 7-4. Wilander defeated South African Kevin Curran and Australia's Pat Cash to get to the final. During the match, Lendl made more errors than usual and Wilander was able to capitalise with some brilliant return shots and some solid volleying. The round-robin tournament was seen as a warm-up for the Australian Open, starting on November 26, at which Wilander is hoping to retain his title. His chances were much improved with the withdrawal of world number one John McEnroe because of a wrist injury. Wilander now rates Cash as one of the main threats to unseat him in the Open. The Australian won third place in the Rio tournament with a two-sets-to-one victory over Joachim Nystrom of Sweden. But Wilander warned that his volleying has improved since last year's Open.