from Sports Football Magazine
by Carl Huybrechts
translated into English by Mauro Cappiello
In 1995 Dick Norman - who retired as a professional tennis player - experienced his moment of glory with a fourth round at Wimbledon. Sports / Football Magazine talked with him about his memories of his famous win against Stefan Edberg.
Stefan Edberg and Dick Norman shake hands just after Stefan's shock exit in the second round of Wimbledon 1995
After a surprising victory in the first round against Pat Cash, waiting for him in the second round on the sacred grass of Wimbledon Court one was Stefan Edberg: number sixteen of the world and winner in 1988 and 1990. Norman: "I feared for a massacre, three times 6/2 or something. The night before the game I called Libor Pimek, with whom I played twice: he wanted to change racket and wanted to test my Wilson. "Let's hit a ball," I suggested. To relax a little...».
«I took his Head and... Unbelievable! I hit a lot harder than with my racket. A fantastic feeling. «Libor, give me three rackets. I will play against Edberg with your Heads.» But he talked to me straight. "Do not, Dick ... You are playing good."»
«That night I asked the stringer to measure the balance and weight of Libor's racket and adapt my Wilsons. The guy has huge lead weights attached to it.» (Laughs)
Wimbledon, June 28, 1995. The BBC commentator talks for fifteen minutes about Stefan Edberg's long career. And then, at a 3-3 in the first set: «These are the highlights from Dick Norman. Never played Australian Open, Roland Garros never, never Wimbledon, US Open never... No titles, no finals, no prizemoney... Nothing.»
Norman wins the first set (6-3), thanks to his "new" racket. "I could serve as hard as I wanted. And I even kept me in with my second serve... (laughs) I felt totally free. The many workouts started to pay. After the first set I thought Edberg could never beat me.»
«I visualized each point as if I were playing against a B player. "I'll show you how to hit an ace...". And it continued for all the match. Three sets: 6/3 6/4 6/4. He was sitting in dust and ashes. Such an heavy loss from an unknown Belgian.» (Laughs)
The next season, the Swede, six times Grand slam winner, retired.
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