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  1. Voo de Mar says:
    Points won by each set: | 34-24, 33-25 |
    Points won directly behind the serve:
    10 % Pioline – 5 of 50
    22 % Edberg – 15 of 66

    A breakthrough event for the 24-year-old Frenchman [29] – his 69th main-level appearance. It seemed that the Top 20 would be the peak of his abilities, and then he shocked the tennis world by advancing to the Monte Carlo final, having easily defeated two Top 10 players (Korda & Edberg). The semifinals were played in exceptionally difficult conditions (gusty wind), but it couldn’t be an excuse for the 6-time major champion. He played catastrophically at the net, I’ve never seen him playing worse; he needed 75 minutes to hit his lone volley winner! Pioline already led 4:1* (30/15) in the 1st set, *3:1 in the 2nd; he should have finished the match with a 20-point difference which is unusual for a ‘6-4, 6-4’ scoreline, but leading 5:4* (40/0) he lost his first match point which should have won (pushed his opponent to very deep defense), allowing Edberg [3] to get back to ‘deuce’. “It was a big problem,” said Pioline about the conditions, “The wind was turning around a lot and we had the clay coming into our eyes. It was difficult to control the ball. But I think I managed to get out of it pretty well.” Edberg’s second semifinal defeat at Mercedes Super 9 to a Frenchman after identical scoreline (in both matches he was serving second).

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