wb88edberg_mecir

Points won by each set: | 31-35, 23-35, 35-33, 36-32, 27-20 |
Points won directly behind the serve:
23 % Edberg – 40 of 173
22 % Mecir – 33 of 144

Very untypical match (lasted 3 hours 10 minutes) because the scoreline doesn’t tell the truth – the beaten player put himself in a position to win all three sets he lost! This is how Mecir’s wasted opportunities in three consecutive sets:
– Mecir [7] had break points in two different games of the 3rd set before Edberg [3] took the crucial break (Mecir led 40/0 at 3-all)
– Mecir had break points in three different games of the 4th set before Edberg took the crucial break (four break points at 3-all)
– Mecir led *3:1 in the 5th set, and lost four games in a row
Before Mecir broke tin the decider, he had wasted 14 consecutive break points in six games. A few months later Mecir outplays Edberg in more lopsided five-set semifinal (3-6, 6-0, 1-6, 6-4, 6-2 at the Olympics in Seoul) avenging two five-set defeats.

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