1989 FRENCH OPEN

QF

Michael Chang        v                Ivan Lendl

 4-6,4-6,6-3,6-3,6-3

  

Michael Chang's most famous match!

In the fourth round on the red clay of Roland Garros, he faced the World No. 1 and three-time former champion Ivan Lendl.

Conventional wisdom said Lendl would win the match against the 17 year old unseeded American, Michael Chang.

Everything seemed to be going according to expectations when Lendl comfortably took the first two sets 6-4, 6-4, and then broke Chang's serve in the opening game of the third set. 

Part way through the fourth set, Chang experienced a severe attack of leg cramps.

Fighting to stay in the match, Chang resorted to some novel tactics. Chang resorted to only hitting moon balls, eating bananas and drinking water at every opportunity.

Lendl, who was known to be one of the least easily fazed players to grace the court, completely lost his concentration.

Chang totally shocked Lendl late in the match by delivering an under-arm serve.

Chang later explained, "I was trying to break his concentration. I would do anything to stay out there."

During many points, Chang looked unable to move and screamed in pain with every shot.

Aiming to break Lendl's concentration one more time, Chang stood well inside the baseline, almost at the service line while waiting to receive Lendl's serve.  The crowd started laughing at the bizarre situation and Lendl seemed to think everyone was mocking him.

The tactic worked as Lendl produced a double-fault to give Chang the victory.

After 4 hours and 37 minutes, Chang sank to his knees and broke down in tears at the conclusion of the match.

Seven days later he would go on to become the youngest male champion in French Open history at 17.

* first 2 sets are grainy VHS quality and  have French commentary, the last 3 sets are much clearer US broadcast in English

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