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Stats without 8 games (until 2-all in the first two sets); number of aces, double faults & break points correct for the entire contest.
Points won by each set: [ ?, ?, 44-35 ]

Actually [2] Edberg’s miracle win… In the 1st set he trailed *2:5 (30/40), delivered a service winner & fought off the second set point with a volley winner, then converted his only break chance of the final. At 2:3* (0/30) in the 2nd set he twisted his right ankle a bit. In the following game, being broken at ‘love’, realized he had to abandon his standard serve-and-volley style. Chang was dominating the rallies, but Edberg as a clever tactician, found a way to mix up the pace of his service games and held six times in the decider quite convincingly, playing majority of the points from the back! There was *4:3 for him in the tie-break when he decided to attack the net after the 2nd serve for the first time in that set. He approached the net also in the next two points forcing Chang [11] to making three errors in the last three points. Edberg said an eerie feeling came over him: “I got very relaxed. You don’t care, you just go for it. I could have stopped. I was thinking about it. It was just so hard to believe. I mean, I don’t play my game and look. I was almost enjoying it more than normal, which was strange. That’s what happens when you have an injury. It takes a lot of the pressure off, I think.” Three years later Chang will lose similar final in Los Angeles to Richard Krajicek, in terms of the scoreline (6-0, 6-7, 6-7).

Edberg’s route to his 25th title:
1 MaliVai Washington 6-2, 6-4
2 Shuzo Matsuoka 7-5, 6-4
Q Jeff Tarango 6-4, 6-4
S Pete Sampras 6-2, 6-7(2), 6-1
W Michael Chang 7-6(4), 2-6, 7-6(3)

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