tokyo88mcenroe_edberg

tokyo88mcenroe_edberg

Points won by each set: [ 34-22, 28-15 ]
Points won directly behind the serve:
43 % McEnroe – 19 of 44
16 % Edberg – 9 of 55

McEnroe… Edberg’s most difficult opponent in the 80s. After the Japan Open ’88, BigMac led 7-1 in their H2H, nevertheless the last five meetings took Edberg, not dropping even a set (won 12!). McEnroe [25] returned to the circuit from a 7-month break for the second time in his career and notched first tournament victory in more than 18 months. Paradoxically the easiest match he experienced in the final against the toughest opposition. Edberg [3] couldn’t read McEnroe’s serve at all, and his serve was abysmal for his standards too. “I played up-and-down in the last year and a half, but it’s good to win a tournament,” said McEnroe, “I had very good concentration today. I’ll see how I can play now with different players and different surfaces. It will be just like climbing the mountain and it is still difficult to do.”

McEnroe’s route to his 70th title:
2 Greg Holmes 6-3, 6-4
3 Derrick Rostagno 6-2, 6-3
Q Shuzo Matsuoka 7-6(8), 7-6(7)
S Brad Gilbert 6-3, 0-6, 6-4
W Stefan Edberg 6-2, 6-2

McEnroe won six ‘7-6 7-6’ matches in his career, that against Matsuoka [271] was the toughest – in the first tie-break he trailed 2:5, 4:6* and 7:8

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