queens92matsuoka_edberg

20 out of 38 games (52%) included to the stats, number of aces, d. faults & break points are correct for the entire contest.
Total points: | 20-31 & 111-108 in the next two sets |

Arguably the biggest success for the Japanese tennis in the 90s. Admittedly Matsuoka had won his only title a few months earlier (Seoul), but at Queens Club he defeated five players as well, and three of them belonged to the tennis elite in 1992 (Washington, Ivanisevic, Edberg). That victory over Edberg marked not only Matsuoka’s biggest scalp, but also the most dramatic one. The 25-year-old man from Japan [81] withstood six match points in total:
– 4:6* in the 2nd set tie-break (FH passing-shot, service winner)
– *5:6 (15/40) in the 3rd set + two adv. MPs (BH volley, two service winners, FH volley)
Having held 18 times in a row in that match, Edberg [2] finally lost his service motion and committed 3 double faults at 8-all, helping Matsuoka to get the vital break. In the following game Matsuoka found himself at 15/40 again, but good attacking tennis gave him the memorable victory after 3 hours 14 minutes! Edberg played four matches that went beyond a standard format of ‘best of three’ and lost them all #

# Edberg’s four matches with 2-game advantage rule in the deciding 3rd set:
Wembley ’84: Chris Hooper 6-4, 2-6, 11-13
Queens Club ’92: Shuzo Matsuoka 6-1, 6-7(6), 8-10
Munich ’92: Michael Stich 6-7(3), 7-6(4), 6-8
Munich ’94: Magnus Larsson 4-6, 7-6(7), 6-8

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