mc94edberg_muster

Points won by each set: [ 53-53, 40-40, 32-28 ]
Points won directly behind the serve:
23 % Edberg – 34 of 145
10 % Muster – 11 of 101

# It’s unique ‘Head to Head’ involving a player who was the best in the world, yet he never beat the other guy in so many meetings (ten official matches, but they also faced each other in an exhibition match in Adelaide ’90 and Edberg won it 7-6, 6-7, 6-2). The closest to get his only victory in those eleven meetings, Muster was in his favorite tournament of Monte Carlo. In the 1st set Edberg [3] came back from a 3:5* deficit to blow two set points in an 8/10 tie-break (6:5* – Muster’s first volley winner, *7:6 – volley error). In the 2nd set the Austrian [12] hadn’t any problem to hold six times, and created four mini-match points at 5-all, including 40/0; the biggest chance he had on his third break point, and actually should have won the point playing aggressive forehand being close to the net, but hit the net-cord and the ball elevated, allowing Edberg to calmly play backhand passing-shot (Muster in the same moment touched the net with his left foot, this situation is visible in the picture). Edberg took the tie-break 7/2 and got the decisive break in the opening game of the decider. Following this defeat, Muster won 11 consecutive matches in Monte Carlo (two titles of the years 1995-96).

# Comparison of their matches when Muster was within two games from victory:
Monte Carlo ’94: Edberg d. Muster 6-7, 7-6, 6-4… 2 hours 36 minutes… Total points: 125-121… Muster 5 points away (he had 4 mini-MPs)
Indian Wells ’95: Edberg d. Muster 2-6, 6-4, 6-1… 1 hour 33 minutes… Total points: 76-71… Muster 7 points away
Vienna ’96: Edberg d. Muster 6-4, 6-7, 7-5… 2 hours 9 minutes… Total points: 106-100… Muster 6 points away

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