uo97rios_carlsen

uo97rios_carlsen

Points won by each set: [ 27-21, 33-39, 27-36, 28-12, 39-37 ]
Points won directly behind the serve:
23 % Rios – 34 of 147
44 % Carlsen – 67 of 152

A 3-hour 13-minute heartbreaking defeat for Kenneth Carlsen [92] on Grandstand at night session. In his tormented career he played two distinctive five-setters above his standard level – once won, once lost: at Wimbledon ’94 he stunned Edberg in the second round from two-sets-to-love deficit (for seven years the Swede had not lost earlier than in the quarterfinals of the most prestigious event), three years later he almost defeated Rios [10], who was on his way to become the best player in the world six months later… At the beginning it looked like a one-way traffic – Rios easily led 6-4, 2:0* when the Dane changed his tactics trying to keep the ball in play with his backhand slice. At 5-all he withstood a double mini-set point and unexpectedly led 2-1 in sets. Perhaps helped him their previous match on grass in Nottingham which Carlsen won 6-4, 6-2… Anyway Rios came back to his expected domination off the beginning, and after outplaying Carlsen in set no. 4, he led 4:2* (40/0) in the decider. The Dane almost produced a miracle comeback. He was three points away from the victory at 6:5* (15-all). Ultimately Carlsen paid the price for playing on the edge of his physical abilities (full power on serves, constant attacking the net). In the deciding tie-break he played an overhead to lead 3:2* and suffered cramps after landing on his legs – Rios won the next five points (one of them thanks to Carlsen’s double fault) to finish with a backhand volley on the first match point.

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