tokyo90edberg_krickstein

Points won by each set: [ 36-32, 44-36 ]
Points won directly behind the serve:
25 % Edberg – 18 of 72
15 % Krickstein – 12 of 76

It was a nice day for Edberg [2] not only because he claimed the title, but also because he defeated in two tight sets his nemesis to whom had lost their first three meetings, all of them being within a few points from victory! It’s mentally tough to face someone who wins all tight sets against you, yet Edberg overcame those demons of another bitter defeat coming back from 2:4* (30-all) in the 1st and 2:4* (five deuces) in the 2nd set. He was very happy as he converted his first match point after 90 minutes of play. Certainly the fact he defeated Krickstein in Paris-Bercy (6-4, 4-6, 6-2) a few months later, helped Edberg’s confidence. For the 23-year-old Krickstein [7] it was a turning point of his career, soon afterwards he dropped outside the Top 10 and never came back.

Edberg’s route to his 23rd title:
2 Leif Shiras 6-0, 6-2
3 Alex Antonitsch 6-2, 6-7(2), 6-1
Q Jim Grabb 6-3, 6-3
S Brad Gilbert 6-1, 7-6(5)
W Aaron Krickstein 6-4, 7-5

One year later in Los Angeles, Edberg [2] beats Krickstein [50] after the same scoreline, but in the quarterfinals, and needs 10 minutes fewer to do that (sets: 34 & 46 minutes respectively). In that LA match he also gets deciding breaks at 4-all and 5-all, but on the contrary to the Tokyo final, he never loses his serve (drops just seven points; 28 in Tokyo). In total points won: 70-53

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