uo88krickstein_edberg

uo88krickstein_edberg

Points won by each set: [ 30-35, 39-38, 51-47, 30-38, 38-32 ]
Points won directly behind the serve:
16 % Krickstein – 31 of 189
21 % Edberg – 42 of 191

Five years after they’d faced each other as the most perspective teenagers during the first round of US Open ’83, they met for the second time, but that time on the main arena (Stadium Court), struggling with exceptionally windy conditions to manufacture one of the tightest matches in the US Open history. Their 1983 match was pretty open at the start (Krickstein survived 7-6 in the 5th set), however, the 22-year-old Edberg was a big favorite in 1988 as a new Wimbledon champion & higher ranked player [3 vs. 20]. Nevertheless, the 21-year-old American adjusted himself better (at least mentally) to the tricky conditions, and used a smart tactic frustraiting Edberg with enormous number of lobs throughout the contest, playing them with different heights and rotations. It paid off, because Edberg made a few errors with his overheads in crucial moments of that 3-hour 52-minute encounter. Krickstein advanced to his first major quarterfinal, and what’s remarkable he’ll beat Edberg after very similar match seven years later in Melbourne – in both matches there was a draw in total points won (190-190 and 188-188 respectively)!

1st set: Edberg saved a mini-set point at 4-all
2nd set: Edberg was serving at 5:3 (30/15), having won 10 out of the previous 11 points, yet lost three straight games
3rd set: Krickstein led 5:2*, had set points on serve in the following game
4th set: from Krickstein perspective there was *4:5 (40/15) when Edberg’s FH return clipped the line forcing Krickstein’s error
5th set: five breaks of serve (!)… Krickstein led 3:1*, then saved a triple mini-match point at 3:4 (Edberg’s three errors: two slice backhands, one at the net), and served for the match at 5:4 – broken at ’30’, broke again at 5-all and held at ‘love’ in the last game, playing his first serve-and-volley action in the entire match on his first match point!

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