from "Il Giornalino"
Stefan Edberg lifts the Cuore Cup 1984, his first professional trophy
After Bjorn Borg, in tennis here comes Mats Wilander. And after Mats Wilander, here comes Stefan Edberg. The first left professional activity after winning everything (except the US Open), starting at seventeen and keeping on for a decade. The latter is twenty years old, has already won a lot and even looks old, as much as we are used to his presence at the high levels of the world rankings. And now comes Stefan Edberg, boosted to top tennis by the Milan indoor tournament, where he won right against Wilander in the final.
Three players in a nation, Sweden, that had never launched stars in the past, even though it produced good tennis players quite regularly. Stefan Edberg, born on January 19th 1966 in a town near Stockholm, was only number 523 in the world in 1982, but in 1983 was already at number 53 and this year, before Milan, had climbed up to the 35th place. And this even though he mostly dedicated to the junior tournaments, due to his young age: last year, he won in Wimbledon, Paris, Flushing Meadows and Melbourne.
This year, he moved to "big" tennis. In Rotterdam he reached the semifinals, after defeating Hooper, Kriek and Teltscher. He was stopped (7-6 at the third) by the great Ivan Lendl. To win in Milan, Edberg defeated Buehning, Jarryd, Curren (number two of the draw), Drewett and Wilander (number one), without losing a single set, and losing his serve only twice. An exploit. Wilander says of him: «Stefan can even afford to go out happy on court: with the powerful serve he has, he already starts with a big advantage on everybody».
This Edberg, it seems, is good at everything: a fabulous first serve, a very good second serve, an extraordinary (one-handed) backhand, a promising forehand. He has even the ability to collect the crowd's favour, differently from his two illustrious countrymen: Borg wasn't nice, even if he enchanted with his strenght and his ferocious will; Wilander is cold, almost unpleasant, engaged, under this aspect, in a tough "battle" against Lendl.
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