wb90_edberg_becker.

wb90_edberg_becker.

Points won by each set: | 28-16, 27-13, 25-34, 25-32, 32-28 |
Points won directly behind the serve:
31 % Edberg – 42 of 135
27 % Becker – 34 of 125

It was the third consecutive Wimbledon final between Edberg and Becker; it’s the only final between them among those three that one of players stayed on the baseline behind 2nd serve – it was Edberg at *1:3 (30/0) in the 4th set! The 2-hour-58-minute lopsided final should have been won by Becker, who led in the last set 3:1 (30-all) serving, making two casual volley errors then. Their second five-setter, and the scenario repeated from the previous one (French Open ’89): first two sets for Edberg, and he wastes a break point early in the 3rd, another two sets for Becker, and the German leads with a break in the decider, but loses in the end the decider after 43 minutes.

Edberg’s route to his 23rd title:
1 Broderick Dyke 4-6, 6-1, 6-3, 6-1
2 Miloslav Mecir 6-2, 6-3, 6-2
3 Amos Mansdorf 6-4, 5-7, 3-6, 6-2, 9-7
4 Michael Chang 6-3, 6-2, 6-1
Q Christian Bergstrom 6-3, 6-2, 6-4
S Ivan Lendl 6-1, 7-6(2), 6-3
W Boris Becker 6-2, 6-2, 3-6, 3-6, 6-4

# In the third round, Edberg was three points away from losing to Mansdorf… seven points away vs Becker at *3:4 (30/15) in the fifth

Comparison of three consecutive Wimbledon finals between the Swede & the German:
1988: Edberg d. Becker 4-6, 7-6, 6-4, 6-2… 2 hours 50 minutes… 245 points… 6 breaks
1989: Becker d. Edberg 6-0, 7-6, 6-4… 2 hours 11 minutes… 184 points… 6 breaks
1990: Edberg d. Becker 6-2, 6-2, 3-6, 3-6, 6-4… 2 hours 58 minutes… 260 points… 10 breaks

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