Stefan Edberg with the 1987 Rotterdam trophy
from The Milwaukee Journal
Top-seeded Stefan Edberg of Sweden rallied Sunday to beat John McEnroe for the first time, 3-6, 6-3, 6-1, to win th $50.000 top prize at the ABN World Tennis Tournament in Rotterdam, Netherlands.
Edberg had not won a set from McEnroe in five previous matches.
"It took a long time," said Edberg, who increased his winnings for the year to more than $263.000. "I've never even been close before. He was tearing my game apart."
It was his third tournament title in 1987. Edberg leads in Grand Prix points and earnings.
After losing the first set, Edberg, 21, started serving better and ended McEnroe's bid for his first tournament title of the year.
McEnroe, Edberg reach final
from Toledo Blade (22.03.1987)
John McEnroe, the former world's No. 1 player, and Stefan Edberg, the year's top player, both easily won semifinal matches in the ABN World Tennis Tournament.
McEnroe, showing signs of his former self in both play and behavior, beat Miloslav Mecir of Czechoslovakia 6-1, 7-5. The top-seeded Edberg, of Sweden, downed surprise semifinalist Jim Grabb of the United States, 6-3, 6-4.
McEnroe and Edberg battle for the $50.000 forst prize today. McEnroe holds a 5-0 career mark against the Swede, not even losing a set.
Edberg has been the top player so far in 1987, winning the Australian Open and Memphis, Tenn., and being runner-up in Indian Wells, Calif. McEnroe said he played his best tennis since returning to the circuit last August. He handed the second-seeded Mecir only his third loss in 29 tournament matches.
However, McEnroe also showed signs of his past temperament by yelling at the officials and the crowd in the second set.
In the second set Mecir rallied from a 1-3 deficit to go up 4-3 before McEnroe became fired up after yelling at the linesmen, umpire and Grand Prix supervisor Thomas Karlberg.
McEnroe complained about some close calls and vented his anger at Karlberg, sitting courtside.
"You're a disgrace. It's pathetic and totally unacceptable," McEnroe shouted from the court, referring to the line calls.
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