daviscup93fromberg_goellner

daviscup93fromberg_goellner

Points won by each set: [ 24-30, 34-39, 41-41, 32-21, 57-54 ]
Points won directly behind the serve:
28 % Fromberg – 52 of 183
25 % Goellner – 48 of 190

Two 23-year-old guys, both the same size (196 cm), with similar game-styles (based on one-two punch combination) and similar ranking positions (Goellner – 31, Fromberg – 40). It lasted 4 hours 32 minutes and up to this day it’s a record for the most match points saved in the Davis Cup finals (Open Era). Nothing indicated at the beginning it’d be such a thriller. The vital point occurred as Goellner led 2:0* (40/15) in the 2nd set – Fromberg played very good BH-volley after the serve, won the game & realized that serve-and-volley tactics would be efficient in that contest. At 5-all in the 3rd set Gollener overacted after a successful passing-shot which gave him a mini-match point – it was the first of many wasted chances for him. Fromberg fought it off with a stop-volley. In the tie-break he faced three match points: 4:6* (double fault, BH-volley after the serve), 6:7* (Goellner’s backhand error in a 5-stroke rally). In the 5th set the Australian saved another double match point, that time at *6:7 (15/40) – ace down the T, another BH volley directly after the serve! At 7-all Goellner led 40/0 but lost his serve and it was game-over for him. They’d faced each other once before, in Hilversum a few months earlier, Fromberg survived 6-7(3), 6-3, 7-6(9), so I suppose he saved at least one match point then as well! Fromberg’s amazing victory could have been a pivotal moment in the final, because the Woodies were favorites to win doubles on Saturday, and then after Stich’s anticipated win over Fromberg, the final rubber Goellner vs Stoltenberg could be open for all potential scenarios. Stich was in tremendous form and the end of 1993 though, and his genius allowed him to beat the Woodies with the help of Kuhnen. # Quite intriguing stuff with Fromberg – I wouldn’t say he was a mental giant, but he’s one of very few players to win at least three ‘best of five’ encounters saving match points.

GERMANY d. AUSTRALIA 4-1 in Exhibition Hall, Dusseldorf, Germany: Clay (Indoor)
Michael Stich (GER) d. Jason Stoltenberg (AUS) 6-7(2), 6-3, 6-1, 4-6, 6-3
Richard Fromberg (AUS) d. Marc K. Goellner (GER) 3-6, 5-7, 7-6(7), 6-2, 9-7 – 5 m.p.
Patrik Kuhnen / Michael Stich (GER) d. Tood Woodbridge / Mark Woodforde (AUS) 7-6(4), 4-6, 6-3, 7-6(4)
Michael Stich (GER) d. Richard Fromberg (AUS) 6-4, 6-2, 6-2
Marc K. Goellner (GER) d. Jason Stoltenberg (AUS) 6-1, 6-7(2), 7-6(3)

# Fromberg’s three MP-down wins in ‘best of five’ (always double MP):
1993 Davis Cup – MK.Goellner 3-6, 5-7, 7-6, 6-2, 9-7… 5 MP, 4 hours 32 minutes, total points: 188-185 (aces: 22-18)
1999 US Open – W.Ferreira 7-6, 4-6, 4-6, 6-3, 7-6… 2 MP, 3 hours 29 minutes, total points: 171-176 (aces: 13-15)
2000 Australian Open – T.Enqvist 6-4, 7-6, 4-6, 3-6, 10-8… 2 MP, 3 hours 44 minutes, total points: 181-179 (aces: 25-14)

Standing from left: Mark-Kevin Goellner, Nikki Pilic (captain), Michael Stich, Carl-Uwe Steeb, Patrick Kuhnen

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