ao91becker_camporese

ao91becker_camporese

Stats of the fifth set only – it lasted 2 hours 5 minutes. A ’14-12′ set it’s more or less something like ‘7-6 7-6’…
Total points won: Becker 210 (7 aces) – Camporese 212 (21 aces)
Points won directly behind the serve in the 5th set:
33 % Becker – 26 of 77
33 % Camporese – 26 of 78

27 years ago it was the first marathon I had seen, and it allowed me to comprehend how quickly some things can change and how surprising, against the common logic, the progress of a match can be…
Becker [2] struggled to win the first two sets against relatively unknown opponent [45], so the rational assumption before the 3rd set could be that he would win it 6-2 or 6-3 – he lost it not winning a game though! In the 4th set he wasted a triple mini-match point at 4-all. The first 20 games of the decider went with serves, then were 5 breaks in a row! Becker who was serving to stay in the match six times, some problems had only at 4:5 (15/30) – Camporese attacked the second serve, but sent his volley long. The German led 11:10 (40/0) as made two errors on the first two match points, then Camporese found himself in a zone to deliver three winners in a row (forehand on the line, then two backhands); Becker served to close the match out at 12:11 (30/15) too, but failed again. Camporese led 40/0 on serve at 12-all, but couldn’t hold. 13:12 (30/15) and two consecutive aces finished the crazy job… 2 out of only 7 he served in the entire match – it’s astonishing given the fact throughout his career he was able to serve 7 aces in a set many times! The first match in the Australian Open history that lasted more than 5 hours, this record will be broken 18 years later by the Spanish guys Nadal & Verdasco.

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