sydney91edberg_ivanisevic

Points won by each set: [ 29-33, 44-43, 43-42 ]
Points won directly behind the serve:
27 % Edberg – 34 of 122
33 % Ivanisevic – 38 of 112

Very intriguing match between a player who has been the best in the world second consecutive year and a player who aspires to become the best. The young Yugoslav [19] was close to make an upset in both sets he lost. In the 2nd set there was a six-deuce game at 3-all in which Ivanisevic [19] squandered a break point. He led 30/0 at 5-all as well. In the 3rd set tie-break he led 3:1, *4:3, 5:4 (netted BH return), but Edberg’s [1] bigger experience ultimately prevailed as he played perfect BH volley followed by a clean FH return off Ivanisevic’s fast first serve which caused a volley error. # It’s really remarkable that one week later they faced each other in the semifinal again (Tokyo), and the scoreline was almost repeated albeit there were only two breaks of serve; the more bizarre is the fact that in both tournaments, they had beaten the same players in the quarter-finals (Edberg d. Chang 6-4, 7-5 & 6-2, 6-2 while Ivanisevic d. Agassi 7-5, 7-6 & 6-3, 6-4).

Edberg’s route to his 33rd title:
2 Peter Lundgren 6-3, 6-4
3 Mark Woodforde 6-4, 6-2
Q Michael Chang 6-4, 7-5
S Goran Ivanisevic 4-6, 7-6(2), 7-6(5)
W Brad Gilbert 6-2, 6-2, 6-2

# Comparison of their two indoor matches in Autumn ’91:
Sydney 1991 (SF): Edberg d. Ivanisevic 4-6, 7-6(2), 7-6(5)… 2 hours 29 minutes… Total points: 116-118… Aces: 3-11… Ivanisevic 2 pts away
Tokyo 1991 (SF): Edberg d. Ivanisevic 4-6, 7-6(2), 7-5… 1 hours 53 minutes… Total points: 100-91… Aces: 5-20… Ivanisevic 4 pts away

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