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Points won by each set: | 30-26, 30-20, 35-27 |
Points won directly behind the serve:
37 % Edberg – 28 of 74
27 % Wilander – 26 of 94

Edberg [6] strongly dominated his older compatriot (1:5 in H2H) from start to finish, wrapping up his first Grand Slam title in just 1 hour 33 minutes. Wilander [3], who had been attempting to join Jack Crawford and Roy Emerson in winning three consecutive Australian Open finals, only reached deuce on the Edberg serve once throughout the one-sided affair, and after squandering a rare couple of break points in the eighth game of the 3rd set, his race was run. Edberg, like the rest of the tennis world, knew that he had been on a different planet on that December day back in ’85: “I don’t know what to say other than I don’t think I can play any better. I’ve never been so happy in my life. It’s hard to believe it has really happened.”

Edberg’s route to his 5th title:
2 Bud Schultz 6-3, 6-4, 7-6(4)
3 Matt Anger 5-7, 7-6(7), 6-4, 7-5
4 Wally Masur 6-7(4), 2-6, 7-6(4), 6-4, 6-2 – 2 m.p.
Q Michiel Schapers 6-0, 7-5, 6-4
S Ivan Lendl 6-7(3), 7-5, 6-1, 4-6, 9-7
W Mats Wilander 6-4, 6-3, 6-3

# Edberg trailed 1:6 in the tie-break against Anger

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