Match Stats/Report - Edberg vs Noah, Memphis Indoor final, 1985


Hall of Fame
Stefan Edberg beat Yannick Noah 6-1, 6-0 in the Memphis Indoor final, 1985 on carpet

Edberg was 19 and this was his second career title. He had beaten defending champion Jimmy Connors in the semi-final and would go on to win the Australian Open at the end of the year

Edberg won 63 points, Noah 33

Edberg serve-volleyed off all but 3 first serves and about half the time off seconds. Noah serve-volleyed regularly off first serves and occasionally off seconds

(Note: I'm missing 1 Edberg service point won by Edberg. Commentary suggests it was an ace. I've included as such and a 1st serve point. 1 Noah service point is missing serve direction and corresponding return type info)

Serve Stats
- 1st serve percentage (28/41) 68%
- 1st serve points won (22/28) 79%
- 2nd serve points won (9/13) 69%
- Aces 6 (1 not clean), Service Winners 1
- Double Faults 1
- Unreturned Serve Percentage (13/41) 32%

- 1st serve percentage (29/55) 53%
- 1st serve points won (18/29) 62%
- 2nd serve points won (7/26) 27%
- Aces 1, Service Winners 1
- Double Faults 1
- Unreturned Serve Percentage (5/55) 9%

Serve Patterns
Edberg served...
- to FH 26%
- to BH 72%
- to Body 3%

Noah served...
- to FH 60%
- to BH 30%
- to Body 9%

Return Stats
Edberg made...
- 49 (30 FH, 18 BH, 1 ??), including 2 runaround FHs & 1 return-approach
- 2 Winners (1 FH, 1 BH)
- 3 Errors, all forced...
- 3 Forced (3 FH)
- Return Rate (49/54) 91%

Noah made...
- 27 (9 FH, 18 BH), including 1 runaround FH
- 2 Winners (2 FH)
- 6 Errors, all forced...
- 6 Forced (2 FH, 4 BH)
- Return Rate (27/40) 68%

Break Points
Edberg 5/9 (5 games)
Noah 0/1

Winners (including returns, excluding serves)
Edberg 28 (4 FH, 5 BH, 12 FHV, 1FH1/2V, 6 BHV)
Noah 12 (3 FH, 4 BH, 5 BHV)

Edberg had 12 from serve-volley points
- 10 first volleys (7 FHV, 3 BHV)…. 2 FHVs and 1 BHV being stops
- 2 second volleys (1 FHV, 1 BHV)… the FHV being a drop

- 1 BHV from his sole return-approach

- FHs - 1 cc pass, 1 dtl, 1 longline return pass (that Noah left) and 1 lob
- BHs - 1 cc pass, 1 inside-out pass, 1 inside-in return pass, 1 dtl/inside-out pass and 1 running-down-drop-shot at net

Noah had 4 BHVs from serve-volley points - 1 first volley and 3 second volleys

- FHs - 2 dtl (1 return pass) and 1 inside-out pass
- BHs - 3 dtl passes and 1 lob at net (not clean)

Errors (excluding serves and returns)
Edberg 15
- 3 Unforced (1 FH, 1 BH, 1 FHV)
- 12 Forced (2 FH, 6 BH, 2 FH1/2V, 2 BHV)
- Unforced Error Forcefulness Index 46.7

Noah 21
- 10 Unforced (6 FH, 2 BH, 1 FHV, 1 BHV)
- 11 Forced (2 FH, 6 BH, 2 BHV, 1 BHOH)
- Unforced Error Forcefulness Index 49

(Note 1: All 1/2 volleys refer to such shots played at net. 1/2 volleys played from other parts of the court are included within relevant groundstroke numbers)

(Note 2: the Unforced Error Forcefulness Index is an indicator of how aggressive the average UE was. The numbers presented for these two matches are keyed on 4 categories - 20 defensive, 40 neutral, 50 attacking and 60 winner attempt)

Net Points & Serve-Volley
Edberg was...
- 33/45 (73%) at net, including...
- 19/25 (76%) serve-volleying, comprising...
- 13/18 (72%) off 1st serve and..
- 6/7 (86%) off 2nd serve
- 1/1 return-approaching

Noah was...
- 16/32 (50%) at net, including...
- 12/24 (50%) serve-volleying, comprising...
- 10/17 (59%) off 1st serve and..
- 2/7 (29%) off 2nd serve

Match Report
Fast court, powerful young Edberg and a hobbled Noah make for a one sided, almost farcical match

Noah had apparently injured his ankle in the quarter-final but managed to win his semi-final to reach this title match. Injury must have gotten worse since then... I can't imagine him beating anyone moving the way he does in this match. He limps slightly when walking, runs slowly and always with a grimace. "Hobbled" is probably too weak a word to describe his status.

One can say he was brave to play, but I think its just a token gesture and he'd have been better off defaulting rather than putting on such a poor show

Given his condition, how might Noah have approached the match?

Try to serve aces every point - its a fast court and conducive to big serving - and charge the net to swipe away anything float returned. Charge net every chance or swing for the fences, maybe

Instead, he plays fairly normally, just limited by injury. Even his serving is affected. For all that, he hits some good passes - a couple of BH dtls are particularly solid. Touch on the volley isn't bad either - though his movement to the ball and ability to bend down for volleys is down

Edberg serves more aggressively than I'm used to seeing. Both in terms of power (his first serve is on par with Noah's) and in placement (he aims for lines). I guess Noah doesn't return too badly in that context, holding Edberg to 32% unreturned serves

Some good BH dtl passes from Edberg and the shot of the match is running, on the stretch and from well behind the baseline FH lob winner. Noah also hits an excellent net-to-net lob which he has to run forward to and a leaping Edberg can just get a thin touch on the ball

Edberg volleys as crisply as ever. Even throws in a few stop and drop volleys. Volleying is helped with the knowledge that Noah isn't going to be running balls down... but he'd have struggled to do so even if he was healthy. Swish, and away goes volleys for winners

Edberg ends up 28 clean winners, which comes to 2.15 per game - the highest we have recorded for a match. This is helped by a 22 point Noah service game where Edberg hits 5 of his winners. That's the 3rd game of the second set, with Edberg up a break. Despite its length, Edberg only has 3 break points in it. Noah's best chance to win a game in it was when he missed an easy first FHV of a serve-volley point

Some but not much baseline stuff going on. Not much scope to see anything out of the ordinary with Noah in the state he's in. The Frenchman usually makes UEs in this situation. Edberg is quick to come in against any floating balls

Note Noah serving 60% to the FH. Wonder what the thinking was behind it... 60% is high enough that it surely didn't happen by accident

Against hobbled opponent or not, good job to get 91% returns in play by Edberg

Summing up, a clean showing by Edberg - fast and smooth in covering the court and swishing away volleys with style and power, but Noah being injured to the point of not being able to play properly is the story of the match. Pity, Edberg looked to be in good nick... match had good potential on this quick court
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