from El Pais
by Ángel Rigueira
translated into English by Mauro Cappiello
The Swede won 6-3, 6-3, 6-2.
The Swede Stefan Edberg successfully ended a magic week at the first ATP Madrid Open, with a prize money of 800,000 dollars (more than 85 million pesetas). Beating Sergi Bruguera in the final (6-3, 6-3, 6-2) yesterday, in one hour and 49 minutes, he clinched his first title of the season, breaking a negative row dating back to the US Open of last September. It was the third tournament of his professional career on clay, the surface that least meets his mighty serve and volley game.
He left the Chamartín TC without dropping a single set and with the belief of being on the right way to win this year the only Grand Slam still missing in his record: the Roland Garros.
The world number three's form is rising. Semifinalist in Nice and Monte Carlo, he is sure to have lived in Madrid his best week ever on clay. "Anything I tried I succeded", commented Edberg, who displayed an exceptional physical condition. Paris haunts him and he is preparing thoroughly for the top event on clay.
On the other hand, Sergi Bruguera came to Madrid without Edberg's freshness. And as he advanced round after round, his reflexes have diminished. The final of the Barcelona Open and the win in Monte Carlo presented a logic bill.
After the match, the Catalan confessed of having been very slow, having felt tired. It was clear on the points in which he had the opportunity to go up in the scoreboard on the Swede's serve. He lacked the initiative in the first set, when he broke his opponent's serve and was up 15-40 in the fifth and seventh game.
In the decisive moments, he lacked the sparkle that players on fire have. Bruguera was at the limit, while Edberg was in full flow.
The Swede will play in Hamburg. The German tournament was initially in Bruguera's schedule, but the player from Barcelona announced his withdrawal. He needs rest, to break the spin of three consecutive finals not to burn himself too early. Rome, the World Team Cup and the Roland Garros will be his next stages.
The final everybody was hoping for had less drama than expected. Edberg ran, but Bruguera claimed to heaven for a few days of rest. You can't be at the top in all tournaments.
In the doubles final, the Spanish team made up by Tomas Carbonell and Carlos Costa was proclaimed champion after beating the American Luke Jensen and Scot Melville 7-6(7-1), 6-2.
The Spaniards, who will play along with Sergi Bruguera in the World Team Cup that will be held in Dusseldorf (Germany) from on May 17, the week before Roland Garros, and who aim at replacing the team Emilio Sanchez-Sergio Casal in Davis Cup, claimed their second title in Madrid, since they already won the final in 1989 against "Pato" Clavet and Czech Thomas Smid. Costa was runner up last year, with Clavet, against American Patrick Galbraith and Patrick McEnroe.
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