Edberg won the Swiss Open
from El Mundo Deportivo
translated into English by Mauro Cappiello
The number one seed, Swedish Stefan Edberg, won the Swiss Open, with a prizemoney of over 32 million pesetas, defeating the Swiss Roland Stadler in the final, 7-5, 4-6, 6-1, 4-6, 6-2. In doubles, the victory went to the Spanish team formed by Emilio Sanchez Vicario and Sergio Casal, who beat the Swedes Stefan Edberg and Joakim Nystrom, 6-3, 3-6, 6-3. Previously, they had prevailed in the semifinals on the duo made up by French Guy Forget and Swiss Jakob Hlasek, 7-6, 3-6, 7-5.
This is the first tournament of Grand Prix that Edberg wins on clay and the fifth overall. But it cost him his own, as the Swiss Stadler, 414th in the ATP ranking, who entered the Swiss Open after qualifying, made things hard for him. The Swede dominated until 3-0 in the five sets, but the development of each one of them was different, Stadler winning the second and the fourth by the identical score: 6-4.
The Swiss enjoyed two excellent stages of play in games seventh and eighth of first set when, trailing by 0-40, rallied to tie to four games all. In the second set, losing 4-1, he managed to win the set by taking five consecutive games.
Using his better serve and his net attacks, Edberg didn't have problems in winning the third and fifth set, after losing the fourth. Stadler, who just a year ago announced his retirement from tennis, has said he will try the U.S. Open and other major tournaments. After losing the first final he ever achieved throughout his career, he declared that "maybe the environmental pressure affected me, since it was the first final I played on the Tour. Other players competing on the professional circuit have a better ability of controlling their feelings".
Spaniards Emilio Sanchez and Sergio Casal brilliantly won the doubles final over Swedes Stefan Edberg and Joakim Nystrom. After closing the first set, 6-3, they excessively relaxed in the second and lost it, 3-6. But in the third they imposed again their great partnership with an identical score.
Challenger Takes Edberg to Limit Before Swede Wins the Swiss Open
from Los Angeles Times
Top-seeded Stefan Edberg of Sweden defeated unseeded Roland Stadler of Switzerland, 7-5, 4-6, 6-1, 4-6, 6-2, in a 3-hour 25-minute match to win the $231,000 Swiss Open Sunday at Gstaad, Switzerland.
In what was far from a lopsided final, Edberg, ranked sixth in the world, was hard-pressed to solve the unorthodox style of the left-handed Stadler. It was their first meeting ever.
Stadler, a 27-year-old law student who is ranked 414th in the world, entered the tournament as a qualifier. But he put up a battle that earned him ovations from the partisan crowd of 3,500.
For the 20-year-old Edberg, winner of the 1985 Australian Open, it was his first big victory this year. The win was worth $40,000.
Tennis, Edberg beats Stadler in Swiss final
from The New York Times
GSTAAD, Switzerland, July 13 — Top-seeded Stefan Edberg of Sweden defeated Roland Stadler of Switzerland today, 7-5, 4-6, 6-1, 4-6, 6-2 in a 3-hour-25-minute final of the Swiss Open tennis tournament In what was far from a lopsided encounter, the 20-year-old Swede, ranked sixth in the world, was hard-pressed to solve the unorthodox style of Stadler, an unseeded left-hander.
Stadler, a 27-year-old law student who entered the tournament as a qualifier ranked No. 414 in the world, put up a spectacular struggle that earned him ovations from the partisan crowd of 3,500.
For Edberg, winner of the 1985 Australian Open, the victory was worth $40,000.
Stadler, who never has been in a Grand Prix final before, was at his best when he was behind.
In the first set, he rallied from a 1-4 deficit to a 4-4 tie before Edberg clinched the opener.
In the second set, Stadler trailed again by 1-4 before collecting five straight games. Edberg easily won the third set but in the fourth Stadler came back again after lagging behind 1-3.
In the fifth, Edberg, however, left no more doubt who was in control.
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