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Points won by each set: [ 43-37, 20-28, 28-23 ]
Points won directly behind the serve:
43 % Sampras – 37 of 85
40 % Edberg – 38 of 94

A few months after their dramatic Cincinnati semifinal, they played another Mercedes Super 9 semifinal on the American hardcourt – again there were plenty of unreturned serves and a tight decider required, but that time the match was less tighter and significantly shorter (1:55 hrs vs 2:40 hrs). In the very long ‘6-3’ opening set, Sampras [1] needed as many as 12 deuces in Edberg’s first 3 service games to finally break the Swede. Afterwards Edberg [4] found his rhythm and Sampras couldn’t do anything as a receiver until the last game of the match when Edberg played a couple of poor volleys, and on the second match point Sampras passed him with a forehand return. Before it happened, Edberg had a break point at 3-all, but his intuitive backhand lob landed wide… Almost a copy of their “round robin” Masters ’92 meeting which Sampras won 6-3, 3-6, 7-5 – on both occasions the American wasn’t closer to lose than seven points.

Serve & volley: Sampras 15/27, Edberg 20/45

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