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  1. Voo de Mar says:
    Points won by each set: | 36-32, 52-49, 33-21, 26-35, 34-32 |
    Points won directly behind the serve:
    26 % Edberg – 45 of 172
    28 % Krajicek – 50 of 178

    Crazy all-serve-and-volley match (Edberg stayed twice on the baseline behind the serve) on Stadium Court with many ups and downs and unusual number of games with wasted break points (ten in total). It all happened because they both were serving below their standard levels. Edberg [2] fought off a triple break point at 3:4 in the opener. In the 2nd set the situation was reversal, it was Krajicek [15], who saved three mini-set points, it occurred at 4-all. In the tie-break Edberg led 6:4, but poorly played four points in a row. The Swede led 3:2 on serve in the 4th set when the Dutchman won six consecutive games to lead 2:0* (30/15) in the decider. Later on he led 3:1, and facing a break point at 3:2, he left Edberg’s backhand return, accidental lob. Nevertheless, Krajicek had a good position to win the match as he created a double mini-match point at 4-all. Edberg saved the first break point with a FH-volley, on the second chance, Krajicek ran around his backhand, risked a forehand return, and the ball missed the baseline not by much. In the last game of the match, Krajicek led 30/0 only to lose four straight points, netting an easy FH-volley on match point. In the years 1991-99, Krajicek lost as many as five matches in New York being within a few points from winning them (Lendl, Edberg, C.Costa, Tebbutt & Kafelnikov) and it’s the only Slam where he never reached the semifinal which is quite surprising because the surface suited him more than those in Melbourne & Paris. The best chance to even win the event he had in 1997, but lost in the quarterfinal a tight three-setter to other powerful server – Rusedski.

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