krosero

02-06-2008, 08:21 AM

Score: 6-1, 6-1, 6-2

I've watched this match and confirmed that Edberg did indeed have 39 winners at the net, as well as 6 other winners. That gives him the highest rate of winners that I know about in any match, including Federer-Roddick at last year's AO, Graf-Navratilova in 1988, and performances for which I have only published stats, like Kohlschreiber-Roddick and Tsonga-Nadal.

Edberg's rate of winners is so high that I know of only one performance with a higher rate even when aces are included as winners -- and Edberg didn't even hit any aces.

The one exception is Graf's performance against Navratilova -- but even then Edberg has a higher rate if you take into account that the games in his match were shorter than those in the 1988 Wimbledon final.

The match lasted 1 hour 22 minutes.

Edberg hit 45 winners: 3 FH, 3 BH, 10 FHV, 23 BHV, and 6 overheads.

Wilander hit 8 winners: 3 FH, 4 BH, 1 FHV, 0 BHV, and 0 overheads.

So Edberg's 10 forehand volleys, 23 backhand volleys, and 6 overheads add up to the "39 volley winners" reported in the St. Louis Dispatch, the LA Times, and some other places.

The total numbers are so lopsided that Edberg had almost as many ground-stroke winners as Wilander.

Wilander had as many winners as Ken Rosewall did in his loss to Jimmy Connors in the 1974 U.S. Open final – a match two games shorter than this one.

This match was 22 games long, exactly the number of the 1984 Wimbledon final, in which McEnroe hit 25 non-service winners and 9 aces.

Edberg served 0 aces, 1 service winner, and 2 double faults.

Wilander served 3 aces, 1 service winners, and 0 doubles.

Edberg served at 77%, making 44 of 57 first serves. That is lower than the 80% figure I found in the print media. However 80% may be nothing more than a rounded figure (I've seen that done before). And my percentages kept pace with those shown by the German network in the second game of the third set, so the 80% figure is either inexact or incorrect.

(Note below that I already have Edberg making 17 of 20 first serves in the third set, and I would have to put him much higher than that if his match percentage as a whole is going to rise up to 80%. But that's hardly possible).

Wilander served at 64%, making 45 of 70 first serves.

Edberg’s percentages by set:

13/18 (72%)

14/19 (74%)

17/20 (85%)

Wilander’s percentages by set:

16/28 (57%)

12/17 (71%)

17/25 (68%)

Edberg won 45 of 57 points on his own serve, Wilander 32 of 70.

Edberg won 83 points overall, to Wilander’s 44, out of a total of 127.

Compare that with McEnroe winning 83 of 125 points in the 1984 Wimbledon final, a match with the same score.

Edberg won 7 of 13 break points, Wilander 0 of 0.

Edberg was pushed to deuce just once.

Wilander got his first serve into play on 10 of the 13 break points he faced (or 77% of the time).

Stats from the German television network covering the match: Edberg’s service percentage was 75% by the second game of the third set, Wilander's 61%. At that point, Edberg had won 78% of his first-serve points, Wilander 44%. Three games before the end, Edberg had won 33 points at net, Wilander just 2.

Edberg's rate of winners per game was 2.05. Since he didn't serve any aces, his rate stays the same whether you include aces or not.

To compare, Federer's rate of winners per game against Roddick in the 2007 semis was 1.33. With aces, it was 1.75.

Tsonga's rate of winners, aces -- and service winners, which are included in his published stats against Nadal but not included in my count for Edberg -- was 1.96.

Kohlschreiber's rate of winners, aces and service winners against Roddick was 1.76.

Graf's rate of winners and aces -- not including service winners -- was 2.11, slightly higher than Edberg's. However Edberg's match went by more quickly. So Edberg finished 35% of the points in his match with a winner or an ace, while Graf did only 33% in her win over Navratilova.

In that stat, Federer against Roddick was at 33%, and 35% if you include his service winners.

Tsonga and Kohlschrieber, with their service winners included, were at 34% and 30%, respectively.

I've watched this match and confirmed that Edberg did indeed have 39 winners at the net, as well as 6 other winners. That gives him the highest rate of winners that I know about in any match, including Federer-Roddick at last year's AO, Graf-Navratilova in 1988, and performances for which I have only published stats, like Kohlschreiber-Roddick and Tsonga-Nadal.

Edberg's rate of winners is so high that I know of only one performance with a higher rate even when aces are included as winners -- and Edberg didn't even hit any aces.

The one exception is Graf's performance against Navratilova -- but even then Edberg has a higher rate if you take into account that the games in his match were shorter than those in the 1988 Wimbledon final.

The match lasted 1 hour 22 minutes.

Edberg hit 45 winners: 3 FH, 3 BH, 10 FHV, 23 BHV, and 6 overheads.

Wilander hit 8 winners: 3 FH, 4 BH, 1 FHV, 0 BHV, and 0 overheads.

So Edberg's 10 forehand volleys, 23 backhand volleys, and 6 overheads add up to the "39 volley winners" reported in the St. Louis Dispatch, the LA Times, and some other places.

The total numbers are so lopsided that Edberg had almost as many ground-stroke winners as Wilander.

Wilander had as many winners as Ken Rosewall did in his loss to Jimmy Connors in the 1974 U.S. Open final – a match two games shorter than this one.

This match was 22 games long, exactly the number of the 1984 Wimbledon final, in which McEnroe hit 25 non-service winners and 9 aces.

Edberg served 0 aces, 1 service winner, and 2 double faults.

Wilander served 3 aces, 1 service winners, and 0 doubles.

Edberg served at 77%, making 44 of 57 first serves. That is lower than the 80% figure I found in the print media. However 80% may be nothing more than a rounded figure (I've seen that done before). And my percentages kept pace with those shown by the German network in the second game of the third set, so the 80% figure is either inexact or incorrect.

(Note below that I already have Edberg making 17 of 20 first serves in the third set, and I would have to put him much higher than that if his match percentage as a whole is going to rise up to 80%. But that's hardly possible).

Wilander served at 64%, making 45 of 70 first serves.

Edberg’s percentages by set:

13/18 (72%)

14/19 (74%)

17/20 (85%)

Wilander’s percentages by set:

16/28 (57%)

12/17 (71%)

17/25 (68%)

Edberg won 45 of 57 points on his own serve, Wilander 32 of 70.

Edberg won 83 points overall, to Wilander’s 44, out of a total of 127.

Compare that with McEnroe winning 83 of 125 points in the 1984 Wimbledon final, a match with the same score.

Edberg won 7 of 13 break points, Wilander 0 of 0.

Edberg was pushed to deuce just once.

Wilander got his first serve into play on 10 of the 13 break points he faced (or 77% of the time).

Stats from the German television network covering the match: Edberg’s service percentage was 75% by the second game of the third set, Wilander's 61%. At that point, Edberg had won 78% of his first-serve points, Wilander 44%. Three games before the end, Edberg had won 33 points at net, Wilander just 2.

Edberg's rate of winners per game was 2.05. Since he didn't serve any aces, his rate stays the same whether you include aces or not.

To compare, Federer's rate of winners per game against Roddick in the 2007 semis was 1.33. With aces, it was 1.75.

Tsonga's rate of winners, aces -- and service winners, which are included in his published stats against Nadal but not included in my count for Edberg -- was 1.96.

Kohlschreiber's rate of winners, aces and service winners against Roddick was 1.76.

Graf's rate of winners and aces -- not including service winners -- was 2.11, slightly higher than Edberg's. However Edberg's match went by more quickly. So Edberg finished 35% of the points in his match with a winner or an ace, while Graf did only 33% in her win over Navratilova.

In that stat, Federer against Roddick was at 33%, and 35% if you include his service winners.

Tsonga and Kohlschrieber, with their service winners included, were at 34% and 30%, respectively.