After the sensational defeats of two great players (John McEnroe in the first round and Jimmy Connors in the third round), Wilkison  became the last American standing in the tournament. Although it was his first and last appearance in a major quarterfinal, Wilkison had some basis for hope as he once had played a very tight 5-setter against Edberg, where the 20-year-old Swede won it 9-7 in the fifth set. A few weeks earlier, when they met in the Cincinnati quarterfinal, Edberg needed two tie-breaks to prevail (7/5, 7/2). Their New York night session encounter didn’t bring any drama, as Edberg  was one class above in the serve-and-volley department, but Wilkison was trying his best, even diving a few times and finishing the contest with bleeding knees. He broke Edberg twice in the 2nd set when the Swede had established a *4:1 advantage (the set ended with five consecutive breaks).
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