One of the most fascinating and tightest Grand Slam comebacks in history. Krickstein entered the match having lost seven straight matches to Edberg, yet he managed to win from a two-sets-to-love deficit for the 9th time in his career (ten times altogether puts him on the top of that list), despite Edberg’s unbelievable number of winners at the net – 67 (one of 14 overhead winners played from the baseline), he foot faulted 8 times.
1st set: Edberg won the opening two games after 17 minutes, Krickstein led 6:5* (30/0) when his forehand return was a few centimeters wide
2nd set: Krickstein led 3:2 on serve, Edberg looked already dead tired at that moment, but won three games in a row to lead *5:3
3rd set: Edberg squandered a double break point at 1:0* (40/15)
4th set: Edberg led 5:2* (15/0), at 5:4* (deuce) Krickstein’s FH-lob clipped the baseline to prevent a match point, the Swede also led 6:5* (deuce)
5th set: Krickstein 4:1*, then fought off a double mini-match point at 4-all; in the last game Edberg led 30/0 to lose four straight points
Krickstein considers the thriller against Edberg as his best comeback… They faced each other three times in five-setters and every time the American left the court as a winner, here all those three meetings:
US Open ’83: Krickstein d. Edberg 6-3, 6-2, 3-6, 4-6, 7-6… Edberg 4 points away from victory… 49 games played
US Open ’88: Krickstein d. Edberg 5-7, 7-6, 7-6, 4-6, 7-5… Edberg 5 points away from victory… 60 games played… 3 hours 52 minutes
Aussie Open ’95: Krickstein d. Edberg 6-7, 5-7, 6-4, 7-6, 6-4… Edberg 2 points away from victory… 58 games played… 3 hours 44 minutes
Fourth Krickstein’s victory over Edberg comes from a dramatic encounter as well… Their H2H
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