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  1. Voo de Mar says:
    Points won by each set: | 28-25, 29-36, 27-35, 42-42, 35-30 |
    Points won directly behind the serve:
    19 % Lendl – 33 of 170… 32 % Edberg – 52 of 159
    Winners by percentage:
    44 % Lendl – 71 of 161… 26 % Edberg – 44 of 168

    The 30-year-old double-defending champion Lendl, avenged a 5-set semifinal loss to Edberg of 1985 (grass at Kooyong). The entire 1991 semifinal was played in very tough conditions – 35 Celsius, and it perhaps contributed to Edberg’s [1] inability to close the match out. In the 4th set he led 2:0* (deuce), and had two match points serving at 5:4 (the longest game of the match: three deuces) – first he netted a BH-volley, then committed a double fault. He committed another double fault also facing a set point in the tie-break, which he lost 3/7. The Czechoslovak [3] got the decisive break at 2-all in the final set, and finished the 4-hour 2-minute semifinal with an inside-out forehand winner (in the last game he produced half of his double faults); he’d increased the speed of his first serve in the final set…

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