tokyo86becker_edberg

tokyo86becker_edberg

Points won by each set: [ 46-45, 26-14 ]
Points won directly behind the serve:
41 % Becker – 30 of 72
28 % Edberg – 17 of 59

In the mid 80s they were the youngest players in the Top 10, both contenders to become the best in the world. After the year 1986, it was much easier to expect Becker as a future No. 1. He faced Edberg four times that year, defeating him on every occasion; in Tokyo they met for the third time ’86 and Becker proved once again that he’s simply more powerful & more resistant in tight situations. He won one of the longest S&V rallies of the match at *4:5 (30-all), and served well at 5-all in the tie-break, meanwhile Edberg facing the first set point, committed a double fault. It was discouraging for the Swede, in the 2nd set he abandoned his usual serve & volley style during a few points.

Becker’s route to his 8th title:
1 Matt Anger 6-3, 6-4
2 Jaime Yzaga 6-3, 6-2
Q Paul Annacone 6-2, 6-4
S Jimmy Connors 7-6(4), 2-6, 6-3
W Stefan Edberg 7-6(5), 6-1

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