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  1. Voo de Mar says:
    Vienna: Davis Cup ’89 (quarterfinal, clay indoors): Austria vs. Sweden 2-3

    Points won by each set: | 31-24, 29-18, 36-30 |
    Points won directly behind the serve:
    30 % Edberg – 22 of 74
    28 % Antonitsch – 27 of 94

    After a sensational 5-0 win over Australia in the first round of Davis Cup ’89, the Austrians could realistically think about advancing to the final for the first time because they had a tie against Sweden to play at home, as well as a potential semifinal. The team was strong, consisted of two very good singles players (Thomas Muster, Horst Skoff) and a good doubles player (Alex Antonitsch). Unfortunately Muster was struck by a drunk driver (Key Biscayne) a week before the quarterfinal, and his substitute Antonitsch [106] couldn’t play on equal terms against Edberg [3]. It was arguably the most important match for the 23-year-old Austrian at the time (he had played just one main-level semifinal before, Livingston ’87). Edberg felt he was better in every department and lost his focus only when he led *4:2 in the 3rd set. Apart from that service game, he won all his other service games comprehensibly. Antonitsch won a dead rubber against Wilander two days later.

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