Volleys from this match = witchcraft. But it was pretty routine back then, i guess. Not an epic, but 3 very competitive sets, with volleys you don't see anymore in tennis. And i could watch McEnroe just serve all day. Edberg - McEnroe 7-5, 7-6, 7-6 1st serve % edberg.. 52 ( 47, 51, 57 ) mcenroe 49 ( 59, 44, 48 ) low percentage and double faults, according to comentators, were mac's problems the entire tournament - he was broken 21 times before this match (however, he broke 30 times ) edberg was serving 66% for the tournament untill this match, so he had serious dip here 1st serve pts won % edberg.. 83 ( 94, 83, 77 ) mcenroe 77 ( 74, 82, 75 ) 2nd serve pts won % edberg.. 53 ( 44, 59, 55 ) mcenroe 54 ( 46, 54, 59 ) service pts won % edberg.. 69 ( 68, 71, 67 ) mcenroe 65 ( 63, 66, 67 ) with this totals of service pts won, very low number of breaks occured. usually the serve is well protected if the server wins 70% or more aces edberg.. 4 ( 1, 0, 3 ) 1 on a second serve mcenroe 8 ( 4, 3, 1 ) 1 on a second serve comentators had 2 more aces for edberg, but mcenroe clearly touched them, so i didn't count double faults edberg.. 6 ( 3, 2, 1 ) mcenroe 9 ( 3, 3, 3 ) winners edberg.. 54 ( 12, 24, 18 ) mcenroe 49 ( 18, 15, 16 ) few things here edberg had 50 non-service winners. mcenroe was not far behind with 41. 91 non-service winner in a match in total edberg had 24 winners in a second set - without hitting a single ace! i don't think i ever saw such high number in a normal (tiebreak ) set unreturned serves edberg.. 41 ( 13, 9, 19 ) mcenroe 50 ( 11, 21, 18 ) unreturned serves % edberg.. 33 ( 38, 20, 41 ) mcenroe 40 ( 34, 42, 43 ) break points edberg.. 2/6 ( 2/3, 0/2, 0/1 ) mcenroe 1/3 ( 1/1, 0/1, 0/1 ) points won edberg.. 129 ( 35, 49, 45 ) mcenroe 120 ( 31, 46, 43 )

The match was reported as 3 hours 13 minutes, pretty long for three sets. Just a few stats in the New York Times:

And he served in the high 60s in the final. I've been curious to see some numbers for Edberg on 2nd serve. He seems a possible candidate to have matches in which his success on 2nd serve was higher than on 1st. When he first came on tour I remember his 2nd serve being touted as the best in the game. But his numbers in this match are perfectly normal. In fact in the opening set he's 94% on 1st serve (a bit surprising) and only 44% on second. there were two early matches I did in which I thought there a lot of non-service winners. Lendl had 24 in the 3rd set of the '87 USO final vs. Wilander. He also had 6 aces. McEnroe had 23 in the 2nd set of the '81 Wimbledon final vs. Borg. He also had an ace. Both of those sets went to 7-6, btw. The '87 set had 106 points, the '81 set 96 points.

I remembert this match as being closer than most people portray. Edberg was just atouch sharper. A pass here, a volley there. Some great grass court play from both sides though. I was not aware of macs injury till now... Interestig. I think the high service winners and low aces (you May have mixed their stats in the op) are reflective of their strategy and also the high pressure they bring to bear on the returner. It wasn't good enough to just bunt it back deep....not with these two on grass! It probably wasn't the pinnacle of wither mans tennis , but for the tennis fan, it wAs a dramatic and tense display. All court shotmakers who both knew that they'd be forced to come up with spectacular shots to break open te match.

so 30 winners in total for lendl? i have counted 30 winners in a set (excluding extended 5th sets) only once - 4th set of the '00 AO sampras-agassi, sampras had 30, 17 of those aces

McEnroe made 23 non-service winners in another match, by Moose: second set against Wilander at '85 RG. That one was just a 7-5 set; and Mac lost it. Impressive number on clay, though. Don't know his aces for the set. I've got Kohlschreiber making 31 clean winners, including 9 aces, in a third set against Roddick that went to an 11-9 tiebreak (2008 AO) Becker had 28 total, including 7 aces, in the fourth set of his '95 win over Agassi, also a 7-6 set Sampras had 26 total, including 5 aces, in the third set of his Davis Cup win over Kafelnikov, also 7-6 (and on clay)

Why would I bother doing something as pointless as compiling stats for a match from over 20 years ago? Let alone incomplete stats?

Ashe had 45 winners in the first set of the '68 USO final(16 aces) It was a 14-12 set. Ralston had 33 winners in the 2nd set of the '66 W Final(5 aces) It was an 11-9 set. Court had 35 winners(no aces) & King had 32(no aces) in the 1st set of '70 W final(a 14-12 set) Mac had 37 winners(10 aces) in first set of '82 DC final vs Noah(a 12-10 set) Ashe had 28 winners(6 aces) in the 4th set of the '75 W SF vs Roche(a 9-8 set) he had 1 ace. Agassi had also had 23 winners in the 3rd set of '88 FO SF(no aces)

Here's a thought. Appreciate the work done and time spent or ignore the thread. If someone makes me dinner, I do not sneer because there was no salad course. Rude.

all the more impressive with only 91 points played. But Agassi still lost the set 7-5 to Wilander just like Mac did. Do you have the number of points played in the '85 set?

Becker made 30 total winners – including 9 aces – in the second set of a 1989 Wimbledon semi against Lendl (107 points played). He lost the set 6-7. Lendl had 23 non-service winners, and no aces, in the second set of the 1988 U.S. Open final against Wilander (only 69 points played). He won the set 6-4. Connors had 22 non-service winners in each of the 7-6 sets that he took from Krickstein in their famous match (the first tiebreak went to 10-8 ). He had 2 aces in the first, 3 in the second.

I had him with 23. some stats from NBC: after 2 sets 41 winners, 14 unforced Edberg 38 winners, 14 unforced Mac

The Mac-Edberg H2H: https://mail.google.com/mail/?shva=1#inbox/12ff3ab34b04e769 McEnroe took their first 5 matches, Edberg their last 5. Only in '87-88 were they trading wins.

Sukova had 22 non service winners in the 1st set of the '84 AO final(a tiebreak set) Martina had 22 non service winners in the 1st set of '87 Eastbourne final, while Sukova had 21 in that set as well(another tiebreak set)

Fourth set of Nadal-Berdych two days ago, Nadal was credited with 20 winners, none of which were aces (though there might be some service winners in there). We've listed some higher figures upthread, but this was a short set: 9 games, just 67 points. http://www.australianopen.com/en_AU/scores/stats/day14/1504ss4.html