Points won by each set: | 51-56, 44-43, 28-21, 32-25, 30-25 |
Points won directly behind the serve:
35 % Carlsen – 64 of 182
30 % Edberg – 53 of 173
Centre Court, a two-day all serve-and-volley Scandinavian duel (suspended after the opener due to darkness), and the 21-year-old Carlsen  wins the match of his life which is entwined with Edberg’s  twilight. Between US Open ’86 and Australian Open ’94, Edberg was regularly advancing to major quarterfinals, at Wimbledon he played at least quarterfinal in seven consecutive editions. And all of a sudden he suffered five-set defeats in back-to-back majors to Scandinavian players (fellow Swede in Paris and a Dane in London) being a heavy favorite to win those matches, rather in straight sets… Carlsen broke first early on, he was playing surprisingly well, but squandered many chances: 5:3* (30-all), a set point on serve at 5:4 in the 1st set as well as 5:4* (30/0) and 5:1, 6:3* in the tie-break of the 2nd set. Edberg took both tie-breaks 8/6. In those circumstances it was easy to assume Edberg would win the 3rd set without any troubles. Perhaps his backhand volley at 30-all in the 1st game of the 3rd set was decisive – from a position he had finished hundreds of volleys, Edberg delivered a casual shot, Carlsen passed him and broke in the following point. Instead of potential “6-2” for Edberg, the set for Carlsen with this scoreline and the last two sets were quite balanced again. In the 4th set Edberg led *2:0 and 4:3 (40/30) – the Dane erased the mini-match point with an ace out-wide, and he obtained the vital break of the decider at 1-all breaking Edberg with very good returning. Serving at 3:5, Edberg saved five match points, but in the following game Carlsen didn’t show any sign of tension holding at love. He finished the 3-hour 46-minute contest with a nice S&V action.