from Tennis Magazine (issue of January 2005) translated into English by Mauro Cappiello
The 1989 season ending Masters of New York crowns Stefan Edberg for the first time, comforting him after a really horrible year
For Stefan Edberg, the seventh is good. After six finals lost in the 1989 season, including Roland Garros and Wimbledon, he won the last New York Masters (which would move to Frankfurt, Germany, the following year) beating Boris Becker, the defending champion, in the final.
The Swede doesn't start as favorite: the German won two successive Grand Slam events, Wimbledon and the US Open, and looks like the best player in the world, even if the throne of N°1 is still occupied by Ivan Lendl.
In the final, at the sold-out Madison Square Garden, Becker actually wins the first set, but the remaining three are Edberg's 4-6, 7-6, 6-3, 6-1. In the group matches, Edberg had been beaten by Becker himself in a match with the only aim to decide the first place in the group.
But the morning of the final, he would tell later, Edberg rises on the right foot after sleeping bad the previous nights. "I had a fatty cold, but last night, for the first time, I slept and, when I woke up, I felt in full shape".
In the semifinals, Edberg had dominated Ivan Lendl (7-6, 7-5) in a match that he had described as "perfect". Lendl, with nine finals in nine participations, was again the favorite, especially as he had been unmatchable for his opponents since the beginning of the Masters.
In the other semifinal, Becker had dominated John McEnroe. During the match, McEnroe, 30, had gained 10 break points and converted just one.
McEnroe was the only American representative to reach the semifinals. Yet, players came from the US in number: five of the eight present (McEnroe, Agassi, Chang, Gilbert and Krickstein).
The other four did not pass the stage of group matches. Chang, recent winner of Roland Garros, lost all three matches for his first participation at the Masters. Thanks to his original outfits - pink leg warmers under black shorts - Andre Agassi made the show, but lost three matches out of three.
In the end, for the organization of its last Masters, New York would allow Edberg to finish on a positive note a season that remains "black", especially because of the Roland Garros...