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  1. Voo de Mar says:
    Points won by each set: | 24-34, 45-35, 24-30, 29-19, 31-24 |
    Points won directly behind the serve:
    25 % Jarryd – 36 of 142… 30 % Becker – 47 of 153
    Winners by percentage:
    25 % Jarryd – 39 of 153… 23 % Becker – 34 of 142

    A 3-hour 41-minute shocker, the biggest upset of the tournament & arguably the biggest upset in 1993 as far as the majors are concerned. Becker [4] came to Melbourne having won three consecutive events, as one of the three main contenders to the title (beside Jim Courier & Stefan Edberg), while the 31-year-old Jarryd [151] – a distinctive player of the 80s – seemed to be finished as a singles player (nevertheless he was still a top doubles player then). The Swede had a misreable record in the second half of 1992 (1 win, 8 losses) and it forced him to play the qualifying event at the Australian Open ’93. He came through the qualies easily, but against Becker something like 3-6, 3-6, 2-6 from his perspective should have been expected. And perhaps such a scoreline could occurr if Becker had not wasted a 4:1* lead in the 2nd set, also a mini-set point at 4:3. All of a sudden Jarryd took that set to hang in there. Becker later said, he’d begun the encounter with a minor injury of right thigh. Due to his specific technique of serving (he was landing on his right leg just after the serve), the injury aggravated after two and a half hours of play. The experienced Swede took advantage of that winning the last two sets not facing even a break point.

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