from La Presse
contributed by Thuy Anh Nguyen
Stefan Edberg beaten: 6-4, 3-6, 6-3.
A warm salute between Stefan Edberg and Boris Becker after their 1986 Canadian Open final
West German Boris Becker, ranked third in the world and seeded number two in Toronto, eloquently demonstrated yesterday at the Canadian Tennis Open that his second service bullets can be just as deadly as his first.
Becker won the final against Swede Stefan Edberg in three sets 6-4, 3-6, 6-3, despite playing under humid weather, but sunny sky (45° Celsius). Becker took advantage of a slow start by his opponent and of his own devastating second serves to make a success of his first appearance in a tournament on Canadian soil.
Neither player, perhaps tired for having played a lot during the week, was at top form.
Becker, twice a champion at Wimbledon, pocketed the first prize cheque of $71,400 (US $51,000), losing only one set in four matches.
"Last week at Stretton Mountain, I was only playing the sixth tournament in my life on a cement surface," said Becker. "In Germany we do not have similar courts. I grew up playing on clay. I did not know what to expect."
"But this kind of surface fits me like a glove. I can serve with power and play my style without changing my habits. After two wins on hardcourt - last year in Cincinnati the previous one - I think it's one of the best surfaces."
About his confrontation with Edberg, the winner of Toronto has clearly stated that he had never been face down to his opponent.
"I broke his serve early in the match, said Becker. I know him well. I don't have to give him too many chances. He can play well under pressure. One would not say that he has weaknesses. You have to play with confidence. He had his chances to fight."
Becker, who will be 19 on November 22nd, has placed in 49 percent of his first serves. Edberg, who receives $35,700 as a finalist, won two points of three on his serve in the first set.
"I have not served very well, said Edberg who will play this week in Cincinnati before traveling to the US Open, on August 26th. I missed too many first serves. On the other hand, I was a little tired. When you play against Boris, he puts a little more pressure than most of the other players do."
"There is not much to add, what a great week, a record crowd, beautiful temperatures and I am the winner," simply concluded Becker.
Becker Beats Edberg for Canadian Open Title
from Los Angeles Times
Second-seeded Boris Becker of West Germany proved there's more to his game than a big serve Sunday as he defeated fourth-seeded Stefan Edberg of Sweden, 6-4, 3-6, 6-3, to win the $375,000 Canadian Open tennis tournament at Toronto.
Becker, a two-time champion at Wimbledon, took the winner's check of $51,000 to increase his earnings this year to $485,939. Edberg, the Australian Open champion, received $25,500.
Playing in temperatures up to 115 degrees, neither player was at peak form.
“It was a tough match because it was very hot," Edberg said. "Boris returns very well on second serves, and I was missing too many first serves today. I was a little bit tired, and Boris put more pressure on me than any of the other guys did."
Edberg served excellently all week, making 94% of his first serves against Robert Seguso in the quarterfinals and 90% against Christo Steyn in the semifinals.
But against Becker, Edberg's first-serve percentage dipped to 67%. The West German made 49% of his first serves.
Becker blasted seven aces in the 2-hour match but committed an uncharacteristic six double-faults.
The turning point in the final set came with Becker leading, 2-1, and Edberg serving. Becker smashed two forehand volleys and then tucked a passing shot down the line to break Edberg and go ahead, 3-1.
At 5-3 and 40-15 in the third set and Becker serving two match points, Edberg rallied with two backhand winners from the net to force deuce. Becker slapped a forehand return down the line for advantage. Edberg's forehand crosscourt return was wide, giving Becker the match.
"In the last game… I thought I could come back," the Swede said. "I tried my best, but I just couldn't do it."
The victory boosted Becker's career record against Edberg to 4-2. It was also Becker's third win of the year, the others coming at Wimbledon on grass, and Chicago indoors.
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