from Chicago Tribune.com
Boris Becker beat his old nemesis, Stefan Edberg, in two sets Sunday to win the Queen's grass-court tournament in London with the two former Wimbledon champions looking sharp in the all-important warmup for tennis' most prestigious event.
Becker, who won the year's first Grand Slam at the Australian Open and missed the French Open with an injury, was erratic in victories leading up to the Queen's final.
But in the 6-4, 7-6 (7-3) victory against Edberg, his serve was better and his backhand was lethal as he won his fourth title here in his fifth final. The win came almost 11 years to the day after Becker's first tour win--also on the Queen's surface.
"I can't believe it's been 11 years ago," said Becker, who has won six Grand Slams since then. "I had to be on my game today. Stefan was having some of the best returns of the game. Even though I had good first serves, I had to work hard on my second serve and my volleys."
Edberg, 30, who plans to retire at the end of the season, looked almost as good. He has beaten Becker in two of three Wimbledon finals--though Becker holds a 25-10 career edge and has won eight straight--and hinted there might be another forthcoming.
"I've been playing some of the best tennis I've done for a long time," said Edberg, who has also won six Grand Slams. "I told Boris at the net, `I hope to see you in two weeks.' He said `no,' you mean three weeks."
The Wimbledon men's final is July 7.
"That would be a dream," Edberg said. "It's not that far away. If I keep doing the things I've done this week, at least I'll be a threat at Wimbledon . . . and hopefully I can play Boris in the finals."
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