Mikael Pernfors was a dominant Retriever. In total, 49% of his points were won by the errors of his rivals and this result was above average. As a complete Retriever, he was outstanding on both sides when he had to play with touch or to pass. That made him a very tricky player to face for the Offensive players of his time.
Retriever - High
On the backhand side, Mikael Pernfors could play in Tempo close to his baseline but his goal was more to run around his backhand to hit a topspin forehand. Nonetheless, his defensive skills on the backhand side were good and he got an edge with the backhand against his opponents.
Tempo / Medium
Mikael Pernfors could not be regarded as a Server at all. He made on average 2 times fewer aces/service winners than his rivals and always had to win his matches from the back of the court.
Serve / Very low
The way Mikael Pernfors Retrieved was with Punch. It means that besides wearing his rivals down with his forehand he could also attack effectively on that side. When compared with his rivals he had a double edge with the forehand making on average more points and fewer errors than them.
Puncher / Medium-high
Mikael Pernfors could come to the net to get an edge but his game style did not represent the Offensive player. He was much more the one counterpunching them. However, when he had a chance he moved forward and got a total points won at the net in the average (13%).