basel88edberg_hlasek

Points won by each set: | 33-27, 33-22, 19-30, 30-14 |
Points won directly on serve:
33 % Edberg – 35 of 105
25 % Hlasek – 26 of 103

Edberg [3] was Hlasek’s [27] nightmarish opponent. They met 16 times and the Swiss player managed to win only once (their fourth meeting) even though they looked like players with the same “weaponry” – Hlasek didn’t lose so many times to any other player… The Swede was serving first and controlled the final outcome from the beginning with one small hiccup in the 3rd set when at 3:4 he played the only poor game on his serve. For the 22-year-old Edberg it was third triumph in Basel (following his two back-to-back finals against Yannick Noah in the years 1985-86). In 1987 Edberg skipped a trip to Switzerland so his victory over Hlasek meant 15th match won in a row in that event.

Edberg’s route to his 19th title:
1 Diego Perez 6-0, 4-6, 6-1
2 Luiz Mattar 6-2, 6-3
Q Magnus Gustafsson 6-3, 6-4
S Jonas Svensson 2-6, 6-3, 6-2
W Jakob Hlasek 7-5, 6-3, 3-6, 6-2

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