On Sept. 10, 1989, Boris Becker became the first German man to win the US Open, defeating Ivan Lendl in the final, 7-6, 1-6, 6-3, 7-6.

The victory put a bow on what would be the best season of Becker's career; he also reached the semifinals of that year's French Open and won his third Wimbledon title earlier that summer. The six-time Grand Slam tournament champion would regularly contend in New York after 1989 but never returned to the title match, falling in the semifinals in 1990 and 1995.

For Lendl, the run to the final was his eighth in a row, which matched Bill Tilden for the all-time record. Like Becker, Lendl would never return to the final Sunday in Flushing Meadows, reaching the quarterfinals in 1990 and 1992 and the semis in 1991 before playing his last Grand Slam match at the Open in 1994.