>Todd Martin d. Stefan Edberg 3-6 7-6 7-6 7-6
>Brings back memories of Michael Stich :-(
Not really. First of all, before the match, I thought that
Edberg would win in straight sets, since he was supposed to be
playing really well, and Martin had difficulties closing matches
and lacked experience. Fortunately for me, I got to watch it
live on ESPN2.
Edberg dominated the first set and broke Martin twice (Martin
served first and was broken to lose the net). Just as I thought
Edberg was cruising, Martin broke Edberg in the 1st game of
the second set. In set 2 Edberg's serve dropped noticably.
His first serve was in the 90 mile range and Martin just pounded
on them, putting a lot of pressure on Edberg, who had to volley
from awkward positions and make defensive half-volleys.
As a result, Edberg had to take more risks on his second serve
and ended up with 13 double faults for the match. They traded
breaks and Martin served for the set at 5-4. But as expected,
he became nervous and Edberg broke back. Martin finally won
the set 9-7 in the tie break in his 3rd set point.
The quality of the 3rd set got much higher. Edberg finally broke
Martin in the 7th game to go up 4-3 and served for the set at 5-4.
But Martin played a great return game to break back at love.
Again, in the tie break, Martin win it 9-7 in his 3rd set point.
The fourth set was the opposite. Martin broke Edberg in the
7th game and served for the match at 5-4. But once again Edberg
broke back. However, in the tie break, Martin ran up to 6-1,
benefitting from Edberg's 13th double fault. He eventually
converted in his 4th match point with an ace (7-4 tie break).
To sum up, as it has been said several times, Edberg's serve
isn't as strong as it used to be, and he was forced to make
a lot of difficult volleys. Martin indeed got nervous in important
games but finally came through. His serve and ground strokes
are all very good. Interestingly, Martin served for the 2nd and
4th sets at 5-4, and Edberg served for the 3rd set at 5-4,
but all of those service games were broken. In every tie break,
it took Martin 3 or 4 set points to win, and Edberg never had
a set point in any one of the tie breaks.
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