Points won by each set: [ 29-21, 20-27, 36-38, 48-41 ]
Points won directly behind the serve:
44 % Becker – 53 of 120
35 % Edberg – 50 of 140

Teenagers, almost 20-year-old Edberg [5] and 18-year-old Becker [6] won their maiden Slams in 1985, so it was a very prestigious duel in their rivalry, could be telling what the future would bring… The Munich rubber meant their fourth official meeting (out of 35) being the first one (out of 15) in ‘the best of 5’ format. The West German won it after 3 hours 7 minutes (10-minute break between 3rd & 4th sets at the time in Davis Cup) – the longest rubber of the weekend, but not a crucial one. The great serving Becker needed four set points to clinch the 3rd set, and had already his first match point at 5:2* in the 4th set – Edberg saved it with a smooth volley, broke back, but succumbed on fourth match point as Becker played a crisp backhand return down the line. Two days later Becker outplayed in quite similar style Mats Wilander in 2 hours 16 minutes (13 aces, 20 service winners, 7 double faults) initiating his journey as one of the best Davis Cup players in history.

SWEDEN d. WEST GERMANY 3-2 in Olympia Halle, Munich, West Germany: Carpet (Indoor)
Mats Wilander (SWE) d. Michael Westphal (GER) 6-3, 6-4, 10-8
Boris Becker (GER) d. Stefan Edberg (SWE) 6-3, 3-6, 7-5, 8-6
Joakim Nystrom / Mats Wilander (SWE) d. Boris Becker / Andreas Maurer (GER) 6-4, 6-2, 6-1
Boris Becker (GER) d. Mats Wilander (SWE) 6-3, 2-6, 6-3, 6-3
Stefan Edberg (SWE) d. Michael Westphal (GER) 3-6, 7-5, 6-4, 6-3

From left: Joakim Nystrom, Mats Wilander, Stefan Edberg, Anders Jarryd & (cpt.) Hans Olsson

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