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  1. Voo de Mar says:
    Points won by each set: | 18-29, 37-42, 34-26, 39-33, 29-21 |
    Points won directly behind the serve:
    29 % Cash – 47 of 159
    27 % Pernfors – 41 of 149

    The final held on grass-courts at Kooyong – the venue of the Australian Open at the time.
    The first two sets were shocking because Pernfors had little experience on grass – he had just played one tournament on this surface before, reaching the fourth round of Wimbledon ’86. Cash needed almost two and a half sets to settle down on his serve – he faced break points in 8 of his 11 initial service games! Since then only in 2 of 12. The 21-year-old Cash for the second time in his career won a clincher in the Davis Cup final, twice against Sweden in fourth rubbers! “This is a fantastic feeling,” Cash said. ”In a way, this is my greatest moment in tennis. That’s the best comeback I’ve ever made. He just played amazing tennis in the first two sets. I gutted out the match better than I’ve ever done before.” It was very surprising that the Swedish captain Hans Olsson named Pernfors to play in the final instead of Mats Wilander…

    Scorelines of the final: AUSTRALIA d. SWEDEN 3:2
    Pat Cash (AUS) d. Stefan Edberg (SWE) 13-11, 13-11, 6-4 – 3 hours, 45 minutes
    Mikael Pernfors (SWE) d. Paul McNamee (AUS) 6-3, 6-1, 6-3
    Pat Cash / John Fitzgerald (AUS) d. Stefan Edberg / Anders Jarryd (SWE) 6-3, 6-4, 4-6, 6-1
    Pat Cash (AUS) d. Mikael Pernfors (SWE) 2-6, 4-6, 6-3, 6-4, 6-3 – 3 hours, 27 minutes
    Stefan Edberg (SWE) d. Paul McNamee (AUS) 10-8, 6-4

    From left: McNamara, McNamee, Fraser (captain), Fitzgerald & Cash

  2. MultiStar83 says:
    This was one of the best-played tennis matches I have ever seen! Pernfors played unbelievably well the first two sets, but Cash did not play poorly either. It was just that Cash could raise his level of playing in the sets 3, 4 and 5 to new heights and Pernfors played just a little bit worse than in the first two sets and this made the difference in the end.
    • Voo de Mar says:
      I wish Pernfors’ final at the Canadian Open ’93 was uploaded some day on YouTube.
      • MultiStar83 says:
        Yes, that would be great. Pernfors had a short comeback in 1993 after several injuries I believe. When he won the Canadian Open of that year he was maybe No. 100 in the world or something like that. He was a typical “counter-puncher” with good returns, passing shots and solid groundstrokes. Therefore he was quite good against serve and volleyers. But against Noah at the Australian Open 1990 quarterfinal he was without a chance. He also lost a tough five-set match against his countryman and old buddy Mats Wilander in the 2nd round of the US Open 1993. But I think afterwards he disappeared again…

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