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  1. Voo de Mar says:
    Points won by each set: | 47-47, 47-43, 27-14, 34-33, 54-46 |
    Points won directly on serve:
    35 % Edberg – 63 of 180
    27 % Lendl – 58 of 212

    In this 4-hour 7-minute encounter, the 19-year-old Edberg [6] saved break points in three different games of the 2nd set – from *4:5 he won seven straight games. He had a game point to lead 5:4 in the 4th set when Lendl [1] took three consecutive games. Edberg broke immediately back to level at 1 game apiece in the decider. Lendl saved a break point at 3:4 and three match points at *4:5 in the 5th set. The Swede was the closest to lose the match at 4-all (0/30) on second serve… Due to heavy rain the match was suspended at 4-all in the 4th set for 1 hour 43 minutes. Lendl at 5-all (2nd set) and Edberg at 1-all (4th set) lost their service games committing four double faults each! Lendl’s first loss after 31 successive matches won. “I don’t call this a major championship,” Lendl said. “I put it in the second class. I’m not happy, but I did my best and there is no more you can do.” # Seven years later Edberg will beat Lendl after similarly dramatic five-setter in New York.

    # Comparison of their two epic five-setters:
    Aus Open ’85 (SF, grass): Edberg d. Lendl 6-7, 7-5, 6-1, 4-6, 9-7… 4 hours 7 minutes… Total points: 209-183… Edberg 6 pts away from defeat
    US Open ’92 (QF, hard): Edberg d. Lendl 6-3, 6-3, 3-6, 5-7, 7-6… 4 hours 3 minutes… Total points: 175-160… Edberg 4 pts away from defeat

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