from La Vanguardia
by Dagoberto Escorcia
translated into English by Mauro Cappiello
Stefan Edberg, world number three, imposed his style and greater confidence to beat Sergi Bruguera in the final of Villa de Madrid-Grupo Zeta Trophy, by 6-3, 6-3 and 6-2 in one hour and 49 minutes. The triumph, which represented a gain of 110, 500 dollars for the Swede (about 12,8 million pesetas), was Edberg's first in the last eight months and his third on clay.
Bruguera's defeat, combined with Ivan Lendl's victory in Munich on Michael Stich 7-6 (7/2), 6-3, forced the Catalan player to go back one spot in the world ranking, in which Sergi will appear at the tenth place this week.
The final between Edberg and Bruguera was identified as a duel of styles. On one hand, Stefan, with his typical serve and volley game, unsheathed his offensive plans before his rival and ready to win in the fast way. On the other, Sergi, more patient from the baseline, exploiting his aggressiveness based on crosscourt or down the line "passings".
An attacking style against a more conservative one. A model for hardcourt and one for clay. Edberg proved, however, that his power also reaches slow surfaces: "I think I played my best week on this surface, " said the excited champion on the Chamartin Centre Court.
"If I play like I did here in Madrid I have got no doubt about my chances of winning the Roland Garros, my goal for this season," he added.
With such an inspired Edberg in his best moment - he didn't drop a set in the five matches he played - Bruguera needed to be at his best to believe in victory. And that yesterday didn't happen.
Bruguera said he was tired and noticed his slowness on court: "I always arrived badly, a second later than I needed," said Sergi. Rather than physically tired, Bruguera was mentally.
To beat Agassi in the Trofeo Conde de Godo playing a superb match, to win the tournament in Monte Carlo for the second time in three years, are triumphs that fully satisfy your motivation. To beat Edberg and defend the title in Madrid, clearly, is also a target itself that gives motivation. But there was where he was more exhausted and hence his withdrawal from the Hamburg tournament this week.
With all these details, the match was quite depending on the result of the first set, especially on Bruguera's side. If he won, he would recover moral and receive an injection of motivation to see that only two more sets separated him from the title. And Bruguera had those occasions.
It seemed he could impose his style. Edberg knew and was wise in aswering. He didn't lose his patience the times he had to exchange rallies from the baseline with his rival.
He was cold. He always attacked Bruguera's second serve. And combined quality returns from the bottom with incredible backhands. Before showing himself exulting at the net.
In the first set, which was the key of the match, Sergi broke the Swede's serve in the third game (2-1) imposing his precious two-handed "passing". Edberg recovered in the following game (2-2), which Bruguera ended with a double fault.
Later, Sergi was 15-40 up to lead 3-2, and 15-40 to go 3-4. On both occasions he could do nothing. Edberg served better under pressure, and ended up undermining the confidence of his rival.
Sergi had a new opportunity to try to continue the struggle in the sixth game of the second set, but the volley again pulverized the ideas of the Catalan.
After that Sergi calmed down. He had no power left. He was standing before the best stylist of tennis. A champion convinced that with serve and volley it's possible to win on clay as well.
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