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"After winning Wimbledon, I admit that some things may change. But I will remain Swedish, and that nobody can change!" - Stefan Edberg on becoming a star. Read the article

Courier despite Edberg

from Tennis Magazine (issue of March 2007)
translated into English by Mauro Cappiello


Jim Courier and Stefan Edberg shake hands after their 1992 Australian Open final

"Reading the press, I had the impression of having already lost the match (...). Now, whether you like me or not, you will have to write that I won!", launches, annoyed, Jim Courier after the final of the 1992 Australian Open.

Opposed to world number one, the Swede Stefan Edberg, who had largely dominated him in the final of the US Open, the American was not favored by bookmakers in Melbourne. Not even by the organizers, who, despite his ranking, shamelessly made the world number two wander from a court to another of Flinders Park. It must be said that Courier has not had any seed to face before the final.

Beating, among others, the young Thomas Enqvist and Thomas Muster, and benefiting from the withdrawal of the tournament revelation, Richard Krajicek, in the semi-finals, he has no match reference to suggest the audience that he has a real chance against the Swedish champion. Soon, however, the crowd realizes that Edberg, away from competition for two and a half months, is far, even if he is in the final, from the American state of grace achieved a few months earlier at the US Open.

Courier applies his tactics irresistibly. He forces Edberg to low volleys to pass the world number one, always at the net, who is unable to contain the power of his successor at the top of the world ranking. With low percentages on backhands, volleys and serve, we see the same gentleman Swede - oh, surprise! - show gestures of annoyance, frustration and even anger. After two hours and fifty-three minutes of agony, Edberg must surrender 6-3, 3-6, 6-4, 6-2 to the violence of the shots of the American. Courier, at age 21, and after triumphing at Roland Garros, takes a second Grand Slam which allows him to target the world number one spot.

Courier despite Edberg

 

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