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"There are little things. Technically Roger is strong. It's more about how he moves on the court, how he hits the ball. And I think it would also be good if he would vary his game a bit more than he does at the moment" - Stefan Edberg about what Roger Federer could improve in his game. Read the interview

Courier the fourth stage

from Tennis Magazine (issue of March 2008)
translated into English by Mauro Cappiello


Jim Courier and Stefan Edberg shake hands after their 1993 Australian Open final

As in 1992, the final of men's singles opposes Jim Courier to Stefan Edberg. And like the previous year, it is the American who imposes, winning his fourth Grand Slam title. Winner in four sets 6-2, 6-1, 2-6, 7-5, Jim Courier  impresses with his brilliant fitness in a final played under extreme heat: 35°C in the shade... 60°C on the ground!

It's also to his physical trainer Pat Etcheberry  that he will pay his first tribute at the trophy ceremony  before thanking his coaches Jose Higueras and Brad Stine.  Always effective on the return against the attacks of the  Swede, Courier will especially make a difference on serve.  During the first two sets, Edberg scores only five points  in total against the American's serve. Courier's percentage  of first serves drops from 70 to 50% in the third set,  Edberg takes the opportunity to win it before having himself a service breakdown that will be fatal in the fourth. The American is once again the leader of world  tennis after a tiring end of 1992 season.

Just like Monica Seles, Courier has demonstrated an exceptional ability to minimize the number of unforced  errors (7 against Korda in the quarters and 14 in four sets in the final). Pete Sampras, weakened by the heat and suffering from shin pain, reaches all the same the semi- finals where he bows to Edberg in three tight sets. The  best French is once again Guy Forget who tilts in the  quarterfinals against German Michael Stich 6-4, 6-4, 6-4.

So, logic has prevailed in Melbourne with two victories of  the world No. 1 against the world No. 2 in the final of men's and women's singles. Logic, but very rare, since such configuration had occurred only once since the introduction of computer rankings: at the US Open in 1984 with the wins of McEnroe against Lendl and Navratilova against Chris Evert.

Courier the fourth stage

 

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