cincinnati94chang_edberg

cincinnati94chang_edberg

Points won by each set: [ 28-11, 36-26 ]
Points won directly behind the serve:
24 % Chang – 12 of 49
19 % Edberg – 10 of 52

Not Agassi, not Sampras – the two best players of the 90s – not even Muster in one of three clay-court Masters 1K events… in the 90s only Chang reached 4 consecutive finals in one of the most prestigious events of the “best of three” format. He did it in Cincinnati (1993-96): first he won two finals defeating Edberg, then lost two finals being defeated by Agassi… Chang and Edberg played interesting Cincy final of 1993, but one year later the American [7] overwhelmed his six years older rival, needing just 70 minutes to defend the title & grabbing six games at love. Chang began the match winning 11 straight points. The Swede improved in the 2nd set, led 5:4* (30-all) to lose the last three games. He saved the first match point with a great rally at the net and played perhaps a winning forehand return which could give him ‘deuce’. The linesman called the ball wide, and Steve Ulrich didn’t correct.

Chang’s route to his 18th title:
2 Greg Rusedski 6-3, 6-3
3 Cedric Pioline 6-2, 3-6, 6-3
Q Jason Stoltenberg 6-1, 3-6, 7-5
S David Wheaton 6-3, 6-4
W Stefan Edberg 6-2, 7-5

Chang defeated Stoltenberg in three-setters (2:30h and 1:57h) in the quarter-finals during his both routes to the Cincy titles

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