The “serve & volley” classic was interrupted due to rain for 3 hours 23 minutes with “Big Mac” leading *3:2 in the 1st set; after the rain-break he led 4:2, he also had a set point at 5:4* in the 3rd set. It was very long match given the surface, their styles of play, very good serving, and number of sets, it lasted exactly three hours. Well, McEnroe had a tendency to slow down the pace on his serve, and it was the last Wimbledon when a player could wait 30 seconds on serve between the points. The tightest 3-0 victory in Edberg’s career, he won the tie-breaks 7/2 and 7/5 finishing the match witha beautiful backhand return winner.
It is really quite astounding that this match took so long, considering the fact that there were rather few break point opportunities (as you have written: Edberg 2/6 and McEnroe 1/3). This means that there were probably rather few “deuce games” but I have not seen this match completely yet. Also both were serve and volleyers which makes a match normally relatively quick. I can remember matches in the 1990s, for example between Philippoussis and Rusedski or also Krajicek with a similar scoreline that these matches sometimes took less than 2 hours, especially on grass! The pattern was just “service – ace, service – ace, etc…” Not a lot of volleying either. This was the reason they slowed down the surfaces, I believe. People wanted to see more rallies. Today, some people are nostalgic about the “serve and volley” era of the 80s and 90s.
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