Looking forward to this year's US Open, we have collected excerpts from old articles to recall Stefan Edberg's history at Flushing Meadows through some flashes from 8 memorable matches he played there. (m.c)
1988, R16 - Aaron Krickstein b. Stefan Edberg 5-7, 7-6, 7-6, 4-6, 7-5
from New York Times.com
by Peter Alfano
Aaron Krickstein was supposed to be the next dominant American player, a role that was unclaimed until the emergence of Andre Agassi [...]. He was only 16 years old when he made headlines at the 1983 United States Open, becoming the youngest player ever to reach the round of 16 in the men's draw. Among the players he beat was Stefan Edberg, a promising young Swede, destined to be a Wimbledon champion. [In 1988] Krickstein, playing in front of an enthusiastic crowd of more than 17,000, defeated Edberg, 5-7, 7-6, 7-6, 4-6, 7-5, scoring the biggest upset of the tournament thus far. Edberg does not particularly enjoy playing in the evening, saying it is difficult to see. [...] He was a study in frustration against Krickstein, shaking his head in disgust, slamming the ball in anger. Edberg is a pure serve-and-volleyer, but Krickstein's lobs and crisp forehand passes persuaded Edberg to stay back more than he would like, actually rallying from the baseline on Krickstein's serve. It was [the American's] sixth victory without a loss in five-set matches at the Open.
1990, R128 - Alexander Volkov b. Stefan Edberg 6-3, 7-6, 6-2
by Richard Pagliaro
The top seed exited before some fans found their seats, as Edberg became the first No. 1 seed to fall in the first round since John Newcombe lost to Jan Kodes in 1971. The Swedish serve-and-volleyer, who lost in the first round of the French Open in May of ‘90, but beat Boris Becker in five sets to win Wimbledon, struggled to control his shots and saw his 21-match winning streak snapped. It was Edberg's first opening-round exit in New York since his 1983 debut as a teenager. "I never felt comfortable hitting the ball," said Edberg, whose wristy forehand swirled in uncertain flight paths. "The courts were very, very quick. I've been working hard and I knew it would be tough, but I didn't come up to the standard I needed to win.”
1991, SF - Stefan Edberg b. Ivan Lendl 6-3, 6-3, 6-4
from Los Angeles Times.com
by Thomas Bonk
1991, F - Stefan Edberg b. Jim Courier 6-2, 6-4, 6-0
from Baltimore Sun.com
by Bill Glauber
1992, QF - Stefan Edberg b. Ivan Lendl 6-3, 6-3, 3-6, 5-7, 7-6
from Sun Sentinel.com
by Jim Sarni
Stefan Edberg kissed the net. Five points later, Edberg was jumping over the net and putting his arm around Ivan Lendl. They played for a night and a day, amid the rain and the sun, and the difference was a fifth-set tiebreaker. And maybe a stroke of luck: an Edberg volley clipped the tape and bounced over the net on Lendl`s side to give Edberg a 3-2 lead. The Swede won four of the last five points. [...] "It was a shot that I never should have missed anyway. It made a huge, big difference to win it, it really did. Being up 3-2 instead of down 2-3. It was a little bit of luck that I needed." Lendl saved four match points to keep the match alive Thursday night. [...] "I was thinking last night that this was my match,`` said Edberg, who led the rain-postponed match 2-1 in the final set. "I had two really great opportunities to finish the match off, but somehow he managed to pull it out. I am not sure how he did it. I wasn't disappointed and I just sort of laughed about it and tried to look at it in a positive way." [...] For the third time in his career, Edberg staved off an opponent trying to rally from two sets down.
1992, SF - Stefan Edberg b. Michael Chang 6-7, 7-5, 7-6, 5-7, 6-4
from Sporting Life.com
by Andy Schooler
At five hours and 26 minutes, this remains the longest match in US Open history and what a cracker it was. Not necessarily for the quality of the tennis - it was an error-filled match, as shown by Edberg's double-fault tally of 18 - but it had drama in bucket-loads with the gripped Flushing Meadows fans, not to mention UK TV viewers, rarely knowing which way this one would turn next. Given Edberg's serve-volley game was employed, the fact this match lasted as long as it did is perhaps the most remarkable aspect. But the Swede, who would go on to defend the title he had won 12 months previous, was prepared to trade from the baseline with the run-all-day American whenever necessary. Edberg showed great mental fortitude to come back from a break down in the final set to triumph. He returned the next day to beat Pete Sampras in the final.
from New York Times.com
by Robin Finn
Stefan Edberg shed his usual restraint, switched on the ignition and not only mounted a successful defense of his United States Open title but took control of the world's No. 1 ranking in the space of three personally glorious hours yesterday. "The longer the match went on, the better I felt," said Edberg. "Mentally I was feeling very strong. "Any time you can defend your title in a Slam, I mean, not many guys can do that. Defending my title, that's what I was here for, and becoming No. 1, that's kind of a nice present for me." [...] Sampras, his strength sapped by a stomach virus that sent him reeling from the Stadium Court after he toppled the former No. 1, Jim Courier, in the semifinals on Saturday night, faltered in the final set. [...] The Swede's sixth Grand Slam title did not come into his possession without a herculean effort: Not since 1951 had any finalist had to play so many sets, 24, just to reach the last round. In the three previous rounds, Edberg was not only pushed to the fifth set, but also had to recover from being down a break in the final set of all three contests. The last of them, his 5-hour-26-minute semifinal match against fourth-seeded Michael Chang, is believed to be the longest in the history of this event. "It was a bumpy road," Edberg said. "I really earned it this year." His 1992 Open title prevented a sweep of the four Slams by players from the United States. Courier, with victories at the Australian and French Opens, and Andre Agassi, who won Wimbledon, had paved the way for what could have been the first United States sweep since Don Budge singlehandedly swept the Slams in 1938.
1996, R16 - Stefan Edberg b. Tim Henman 6-7, 7-6, 6-4, 6-4
by Bill Fleischman
Five years ago, Jimmy Connors juiced the U.S. Open crowd by reaching the semifinals at the creaky old age of 39. Now, it is Stefan Edberg's turn. The unseeded Swede is making his last US Open an event to remember. Playing in his 54th consecutive and final Grand Slam tournament, Edberg reached the quarterfinals by defeating England's Tim Henman. [...] Does he dare to think about winning the Open? "No, it's too far away,'' he said. [...] Winning the important points is what separates the Edbergs from the promising players like Henman, the first British player to reach the fourth round of the Open since John Lloyd in 1984. Edberg won one important point in an exchange of lobs with Henman. "That's what it takes to win tennis matches,'' Edberg said. "That's what tennis is all about, getting those shots which were impossible and hitting these winners when you don't expect them and when you need them.'' Edberg even survived getting dinged in the forehead by a Henman volley. "I've never been hit so hard,'' Edberg said, smiling again. "It was a clean header that I hit.'' [...] Henman, ranked No. 39, had hoped to take his place in tennis history as the player to end Edberg's Grand Slam run. Instead, he went down with class. "Playing on the stadium court, against such a great player, it's a good experience.''
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