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Old 12-14-2008, 07:10 PM   #1
Moose Malloy
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Default Stats for 1989 FO Final (Chang-Edberg)

Chang d Edberg 6-1, 3-6, 4-6, 6-4, 6-2

My stats:

Both players had 57 non service winners.

Edberg: 13 fh, 11 bh, 15 fhv, 14 bhv, 4 ov
Chang: 18 fh, 21 bh, 7 fhv, 3 bhv, 8 ov

winners by set:

Edberg - 7, 11, 11, 13, 15
Chang - 14, 12, 8, 15, 8

serve stats by set:

9 of 19 (47%)
19 of 28 (68%)
19 of 28 (68%)
16 of 30 (53%)
16 of 30 (53%)

79 of 135 (59%) for the match

23 of 30 (77%)
20 of 22 (91%)
25 of 33 (76%)
36 of 47 (77%)
38 of 42 (90%)

142 of 174 (82%) for the match

Edberg had 6 aces, 4 doubles
Chang had 1 ace(it was hit on the 1st point of the match), 2 doubles

Edberg had 23 unreturned serves, one I judged a service winner
Chang had 13 unreturned serves, none I judged a service winner

Edberg had 10 passing shot winners(8 fh, 2 bh)
Chang had 29 passing shot winners(13 fh, 16 bh)

Edberg was 6 of 25 on break points(2 of 17 in the last 2 sets)
Chang was 9 of 14

Stats from NBC:

Net approaches by set(1st 3 sets only)
Edberg - 18, 30, 36
Chang - 14, 6, 6

at 4-1 in the 5th, they said Edberg had been in 148 times in the match, Chang 48. I counted the rest of the way and came up with 8 more approaches for Edberg, 1 for Chang.

The gave Chang 27 unforced errors for the match, Edberg 68.

Time of match was 3 hrs, 41 mins

Chang was ranked 19(but seeded 15) at this event.

here is what SI wrote:

Chang's arsenal is based on anticipation, reflexes, speed—nobody has been quicker to the ball since Bjorn Borg—and defensive instincts that make an opponent feel as if he is slugging away at Chang's garage door in Placentia, Calif. "He is so young, maybe a little bit lucky," said Edberg after losing 6-1, 3-6, 4-6, 6-4, 6-2. "Maybe he doesn't think too much."

You couldn't be more mistaken, Stefan. Chang was always thinking, always outthinking. He mystified his elders with his head—"the head of a champion," said Jose Higueras, who coaches him on clay—and of them all, Edberg was the most mystified.

After Edberg had worked his way back into the championship match and taken control with some characteristic serve-and-volley aggression, he broke Chang's serve to start the fourth set. But the 5'8", 135-pound Chang, who came into the tournament ranked 19th in the world, was steadfast in his resolve. He stayed two yards inside the baseline to return Edberg's huge deliveries on the rise. He kept testing Edberg's fragile forehand. He picked his spots and matched volleys with the best volleyer in the game. Shockingly, he broke right back for 1-1. Chang then began fighting off break points: four in Game 3, five in Game 7, another in Game 9. With Edberg serving at 4-5, 30-all, Chang smashed a couple of forehand returns off first serves, and suddenly the match was all even.

Or was it? In the fifth set Chang matched Edberg's opening break by breaking right back in an 18-point game. Chang broke again to go ahead 3-1. By now Edberg, who had beaten Boris Becker in a five-set semifinal, looked exhausted, almost groggy.

In the next game Edberg had double break point, but he erred on both, and Chang held after four deuces to lead 4-1. A glassy-eyed Edberg was slumping at the baseline. The umpire had to tell him it was time for the changeover. Edberg had to know it was just over, period.

"I can't really explain what happened to turn it around," said Chang, who had prepared some notes for an acceptance speech in which he remembered to mention nearly everybody in the sport except Edberg. Well, at the least, an American had finally won in Paris.

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