daviscup94edberg_volkov

daviscup94edberg_volkov

Points won by each set: [ 38-32, 29-22, 39-45, 12-27, 51-43 ]
Points won directly behind the serve:
29 % Edberg – 50 of 168
28 % Volkov – 48 of 170

Edberg’s last great victory. He was 28 at the time, ranked No. 7 and still considered as a Grand Slam contender, however, the season 1995 confirmed that his three early exits at majors of ’94, weren’t accidental. The first rubber of the Sweden vs Russia tie, also indicated that he couldn’t be sharp throughout a 3-hour match anymore. Admittedly in the first three sets his service games were brilliant, he wasn’t broken once (held 15 times), but when he conceded the 3rd set he lost the plot to be broken five times in a row! The Swede was playing against all odds in the decider: Volkov [25] was on fire being strongly supported by the partisan crowd, and he’d won seven five-setters in a row. Edberg trailed *3:5, but showed at the end his masterclass of a former best player in the world. In the 10th game he created a double break point, but made three consecutive backhand errors. He didn’t lose the belief in his better wing though, and saved the match point with a crisp backhand down the line in a 7-stroke rally forcing Volkov’s error. At 6:5* (30/15) Edberg displayed something special – he hadn’t played an offensive lob in the entire contest, and then he played two lobs in succession, both cross-court (forehand, backhand) to get the first point for Sweden after 3 hours 32 minutes.

SWEDEN d. RUSSIA 4-1 in Olympic Stadium, Moscow, Russia: Carpet (Indoor)
Stefan Edberg (SWE) d. Alexander Volkov (RUS) 6-4, 6-2, 6-7(2), 0-6, 8-6 – 1 m.p.
Magnus Larsson (SWE) d. Yevgeny Kafelnikov (RUS) 6-0, 6-2, 3-6, 2-6, 6-3
Jan Apell / Jonas Bjorkman (SWE) d. Yevgeny Kafelnikov / Andrei Olhovskiy (RUS) 6-7(4), 6-2, 6-3, 1-6, 8-6
Yevgeny Kafelnikov (RUS) d. Stefan Edberg (SWE) 4-6, 6-4, 6-0
Magnus Larsson (SWE) d. Alexander Volkov (RUS) 7-6(4), 6-4

Standing from left: Jan Apell, Jonas Bjorkman, John-Anders Sjogren (captain), Magnus Larsson, Stefan Edberg & Magnus Gustafsson

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